Criminology / Student Resources

Student Organizations

Sociology/Criminology Club
The Sociology/Criminology club works on various issues related to sociology, criminology and social justice issues. In the Fall, the club sponsors CSI week, which is a week with multiple speakers that relate to the criminology major. In the past, the club has brought to campus the Raleigh Police Department mounted and canine units and a forensic computer expert from the City County Bureau of Identification (CCBI).

Recent service projects include yarn collection for Our Children's Place, an education, service, and advocacy organization that supports children with incarcerated parents. The club worked with the organization to host a panel of advocates, families and criminal justice experts on the effects of incareration on families. The club also participates in our campus-wide sexual assault awareness week, and has organized an anual event called the Diva Dash with Interact, a local women's shelter, to raise awareness about sexual assault. The club is open to all sociology and criminology majors and minors, and any other students interested in these topics.

Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Kappa Delta is the International Honor Society in sociology. To become a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, a student must:

  • Be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program at Meredith College
  • Be at least a junior (third year or 60+ hours) by standards of Meredith College
  • Have accumulated the equivalent of an overall GPA of 3.0 and rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship
  • Have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at Meredith College
  • Have completed at least four regular courses in sociology prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail)

Meredith College participates in the AKD chapter with N.C. State University. The awards ceremony is often held on N.C. State’s campus, giving students the opportunity to meet other sociology students in the area.

Edwin H. Sutherland Criminology Honor Society
Founded in 2004 at Stonehill College, the Edwin H. Sutherland Criminology Honor Society is the honors society that recognizes the outstanding achievements of criminology majors.
For membership in this honor society, students must have:

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Completion of 5 or more criminology classes
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Class rank of top 35% of graduating class

*Students double majoring in sociology and criminology are eligible for membership in both societies.

Book of the Year

Each year, sociology and criminology faculty choose a book written by a sociologist or criminologist that is based on current research, critical analysis of society or another current topic that ties in to these areas of study. The book is used in all Principles of Sociology courses that year and in various other classes where the book topic applies.

2016-17 Book of the Year: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world. - Amazon


The Criminology Program

Meredith College prepares women graduates for careers in criminology through a focus on leadership development, multiple internships, and opportunities to connect with local, state, and national professionals in the field.

Strong Story | Ann-Michelle Roberts

Ann-Michelle, ’15, came to Meredith knowing that she was a leader and ready to become even stronger. As president of the Student Government Association, she has made her mark on campus, and through several internships she has gained valuable experience in her field.


Contact Information

Amie Hess
Department Head, Criminology
210 Joyner Hall
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(919) 760-8016
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