Sociocultural and Justice Sciences

Our department offers the opportunity to study in one or more of our three different but related disciplines:  Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice.


Young named October Student of the Month by the Office of Residence Life

Kerry Young, October Student of the Month




Clarkson-Hendrix presents at Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting

Department of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences Assistant Professor Michael Clarkson-Hendrix presented “Workplace Attachment: An Organizational Perspective to Address the Health Gap,” at the 63rd Annual Program Meeting, held Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 19-22, in Dallas, TX.

The presentation imparted curriculum implications for social work educators derived from a science-based study exploring the features of attaching workplace experiences. These generative experiences could be used to derive interventions that insulate emerging professional social workers from burnout and sustain them within the field.

The Department of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences includes the disciplines and professions of Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Public Health, Sociology and Social Work.


The Department offers B.A. degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice.  We offer a B.S degree in Social Work.  We also offer two minors: Criminal Justice, and Sociology.  We are pleased to coordinate the Interdisciplinary Public Health Minor. 

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Department Learning Outcomes

1.  Students will develop critical thinking skills in order to promote enhanced problem solving and decision making.

2.  Students will develop writing skills to the level of an entry level professional or a beginning graduate student.

3.  Students will develop ability to comprehend the complexity and diversity of human societies and cultures.

4.  Students will develop abilities to frame questions, design research projects, collect data, analyze data, and draw valid conclusions from these data.

5.  Students will develop ability to understand and apply the major conceptual orientations and theoretical frameworks used by their disciplines and/or professions.

Dr. Daniela Peterka-Benton, Chairperson

Department of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences

W363 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3205