The faculty and staff of the Department welcome you to our web site. The Department is comprised of four undergraduate and three graduate programs and is the second largest department in the College of Arts and Sciences with over 800 students. The Sociology program has met the standards of accreditation by their respective professional associations. The Criminal Justice program is the fifth largest program at Valdosta State University. The Department offers our students course work in the varying disciplines which are high caliber, rigorous, and demanding. Students are provided with the skills and knowledge necessary for numerous professions as well as advanced studies. Internships and study abroad course offerings are available regionally and nationally. Course work in Criminal Justice and Sociology are offered online as well. The minor in Native American Studies is housed within the Department. Courses in Criminal Justice and Sociology are also offered at the Kings Bay campus.

The faculty of the Department are experts in their respective disciplines and are passionately engaged in teaching excellence, highly active in quality research and scholarship, and provide service to the profession and the community. The faculty has been recognized for their professional expertise. Recently Dr. Kathleen Lowney was awarded the University’s Excellence in Teaching award (2011-2012) and Dr. Rudy Prine was recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences as the Outstanding Advisor for the Department and the College (2011-2012). Housed within the Department are TheJournal of Teaching Sociology and the Center for Applied Social Sciences.  Professors are actively involved with students in a variety of organizations and clubs.

With its diverse program offerings and passionate faculty, the Department is uniquely positioned to creatively address contemporary and future issues facing a global society. Our setting in southern Georgia provides a quality environment with which to accomplish the educational goals of our students. I invite you to tour our web site and the campus at Valdosta State University. You will soon learn, like many other students, that there is much happening within the Department for anyone interested in a professional career in the respective programs.


Darrell L. Ross, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head
Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice