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Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice

Dr. Gloria Gadsden, Department Chair
Lora Magnum Shields Science Building, Room 341
FAX: 505-454-3331

Mission of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

The mission of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice is to contribute to meeting the educational and research needs in sociology, anthropology, criminal justice and the related fields; contribute to meeting the career needs in social services and social sciences, tribal, state, and federal career requirements, as well as contribute to training for careers in education, law, public service, and other social science fields; contribute to meeting the need for secondary school teacher certification in sociology and/or anthropology; and to provide sociocultural service and expertise for the region, as well as the greater global community.



Rebecca Alvarez, Ph.D. (Sociology/Criminal Justice)
Erika Derkas, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Gloria Gadsden, Ph.D. (Sociology/Criminal Justice)
Mario Gonzales, Ph.D. (Anthropology)
Warren Lail, Ph.D., J.D. (Anthropology)
Monica Rossetti, MA (Sociology/Criminal Justice)
Linda Silber, Ph.D. (Sociology/Criminal Justice)
Orit Tamir, Ph.D. (Anthropology)

Sociology and Anthropology (B.A.)

The disciplines of sociology and anthropology combine to offer a holistic approach to the study of humankind. The program offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree options with four possible emphases: sociology, anthropology, criminology, and American Indian studies.

The program emphasizes an applied approach to study of society and human culture. Small classes provide an enriched educational environment for both students and faculty. Career opportunities include preparation for graduate studies, teaching, cultural resource management, and practice in federal, state, and local agencies, as well as in the nonprofit sector.

Major in Sociology and Anthropology (B.S.)

For a Bachelor of Science degree, complete requirements for bachelor of arts major in sociology and anthropology plus: complete a minor of at least 20 credits in one of the science fields other than sociology and anthropology, or complete a combined science minor, or complete a second major in a bachelor of science degree program, or complete a two-year degree in a science filed; and complete eight credits in mathematics, including Math 211.


Criminal Justice Studies (B.A.)

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies provides an excellent foundation for students interested in working within the fields of law, corrections, security, probation and parole among others. In addition, it offers thorough preparation for those interested in pursuing a graduate degree in sociology, criminology/criminal justice, law, social work, public administration, public policy, or a closely related field. The criminal justice system is diverse, and professionals working within the field must have a solid understanding of matters pertaining to race, gender, and class. The program is designed with this objective in mind.


Resources and Facilities

Northern New Mexico provides an outstanding context for social and cultural studies at New Mexico Highlands University. Students may engage in field archaeological digs, ethnographic research, and in practicum experiences. Additionally, students have the opportunity to conduct research in our anthropology lab. Studies of human behavior emphasize field data and computer applications for analysis and interpretation.

The department provides a computer laboratory for student use. Students have access to word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical packages, as well as the Internet.

Student professional societies and organizations such as the Sociology Club and/or membership in regional or national professional associations provide opportunities for student participation and program enrichment beyond the classroom.

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice


This department is under the College of Arts and Sciences