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The Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice at Shepherd University has a long and rich tradition of preparing students for employment in academic, governmental, non-profit, and law-enforcement organizations. The department is made up of four full-time faculty who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching excellence and preparing students for success in careers and personal endeavors. Our diverse, experienced adjunct faculty also support the department’s majors, concentrations, and minors.  We offer two majors (both with two concentrations), as well as three minors.

B.A. in Criminal Justice
Law Enforcement and Administration

B.S. in Sociology
Culture and Society

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Complete information about our degree programs, as well as information about careers, can be found in the SCCJ Reference Guide.

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Upcoming Criminal Justice Lecture Series Speaker
Wednesday, September 21st | 1:10-2 p.m.

Kelsey Betz
Federal Air Marshal Service
Kelsey Betz

“A Look Inside the Federal Air Marshal Service”

Federal Air Marshals work in a fast-paced environment as one part of a vast national counterterrorism network, with their main mission being to deter and respond to terrorist threats to transportation systems.  This lecture will offer a look into the history and modern-day Federal Air Marshal Service as well as the process of becoming a Federal Air Marshal.

Kelsey Betz grew up and graduated high school in Colorado, after which she attended the University of Denver, where she majored in Criminology and Political Science and minored in International Studies. Upon graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in 2015, she went on to work for the Transportation Security Administration as an airport screener, and in 2016 she was hired by the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS).

Kelsey’s career with FAMS began in the New York Field Office, where she deployed on missions from LaGuardia and JFK airports.  She is a member of the agency Critical Incident Response Program, providing support to peers in times of need, as well as her office Field Office Focus Group, serving as a bridge between her peers and management on office and work issues.

The department is part of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS).