Department of Social Work & Criminal Justice

The department offers majors and minors in:

AU also offers an associate’s degree in criminal justice, and students can also explore our minors in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Transformation. Depending on their interests and areas of study, students are prepared to enter careers related to law enforcement; courts and corrections; victim advocacy and assistance; family services and youth programs; family life or parent education programs; leadership roles in church, school, and community; entry-level positions in government or business; and social work. The programs also provide a foundation for graduate study.

Alumni Testimonial

As a security analyst, I appreciate the sociological insights and research methods that better equip me to comprehend the micro and macro factors in my job. I would recommend Anderson University’s sociology department to anyone interested in further understanding the capacity of contribution that an individual can have on any social structure.

Ray Lyngdoh BA ’08


Let’s connect during your campus visit.

Sociology Social Work Criminal Justice Family Science

Lolly Bargerstock, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Lolly Bargerstock

Social Work Program Director

Neal Freeman, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Neal Freeman

Instructor of Criminal Justice

Melanie Musser

Melanie Lain Musser

Instructor of Social Work

Lisa Pay, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Lisa Pay

Professor of Social Work

D. Wesley Poythress

D. Wesley Poythress

Instructor of Sociology

Dr. Leroy Quashie

Dr. Leroy Quashie

Professor and Director of Public Health

Dulce Maria Scott,an employee of Anderson University, Anderson Indiana

Dr. Dulce​ Maria Scott

Chair, Department of Social Work; Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice