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Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology

 Mission Statement

The Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Cameron University offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Sociology, and an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Our academic programs empower students to explore their interests, express their ideas, and experience the pride of uncovering new knowledge.

The Criminal Justice programs allow students to learn about the etiology of crime and societal reaction to the causes of crime. The role of law enforcement agencies, courts, correctional agencies, and private agencies that assist in the prevention and control of crime and delinquency are within the purview of the Criminal Justice programs.

The Sociology degree provides critical knowledge to students on social institutions, social change, and consequences of human behavior. Students learn to apply research skills and theoretical knowledge to the challenging issues of our times. Graduates of our programs find employment with criminal justice agencies, social services, government agencies, teaching, or proceed to graduate school.

Message from the Chair

Jonathan Odo, Chair

Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology. Our goal is to educate students in order to prepare them for successful careers in their chosen fields while developing the necessary skills that will allow them to continue with their academic studies. We have dedicated faculty members who have extensive knowledge and experience in their areas of expertise and commitment to teaching, research, and scholarship. The department prides itself in providing quality education to our students.

In order to serve students well, we offer courses through online, on-campus, and ITV instruction. We have an online option for the baccalaureate and associate degrees in Criminal Justice. All this facilitates timely degree completion. To bridge the gap between theory and practice, the department offers student experiential learning through internship programs with private, local, and state agencies.

If I can be of any further assistance to you, please feel free to contact me.

Jonathan C. Odo, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Contact Information

Dr. Jonathan Odo, Chair

Dept. of CJ & Sociology
Cameron University
2075 Nance Boyer Hall
2800 W. Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73505
580.581.2490 Voice
580.581.2312 Fax

Department News-in-Brief

Spring 2013 Speaker Series

  • January 14: Danny Ford - Duncan Chief of Police (11 a.m, Wichita Room of the Shepler Center )
  • February 18: Warden Hector Rios, GEO Lawton Correctional Facility
  • April 8: James E. Finch, FBI Special Agent