Department of Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice

Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

A job waiting for you after college is good.

And that could be as a management consultant, a market research analyst, or even a survey researcher.

Who doesn't like polls?

Make a difference as a child and family therapist, working in corporate social responsibility, or how about as a policy analyst. Your career goals could even land as a federal marshal, a forensics analyst, even in corrections or probation.

It's up to you!

Your pick of jobs is the Bloomsburg difference.

With that, we're seeing a path into practicing law, working in many areas of health care and even analyzing the economy in your future. Let's begin!

Be ready to thrive in jobs that haven't been invented yet!

Through our multidisciplinary Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice you'll master critical thinking, hone your creativity and practice social responsibility. Learn inside and outside the classroom as you pursue a degree in sociology, social work, or criminal justice — potentially through a combination of all three!

McCormick Center

Department Chairperson
  Chris Podeschi, Ph.D. |
Department Secretary
  Gwen Stancavage |

Department of Social Work, Sociology,
and Criminal Justice

2105 McCormick Center
Fax: 570-389-2019



Envision yourself exploring a diverse social science that brings both qualitative and quantitative ("scientific") methods to bear on understanding human and group or institutional behavior. Here, you'll begin to understand the impact of social, cultural or interactional contexts on behavior. So let's take a look at various substantive areas in sociology, as well as take on ample opportunities to explore personal interests.

Social Work

Take your first step toward generalist social work practice with a liberal arts foundation and a focus on critical thinking. You'll have a plethora of opportunities to gain social work knowledge, values, ethics, and skills to work with client systems of all types and sizes. An emphasis will be placed on an appreciation for human diversity and a strong commitment to social and economic justice.

Criminal Justice

Let’s begin your preparation for a career in the criminal justice and legal systems, or possibly a path to graduate or law school. Through a career-focused curriculum, you'll learn the history and philosophy of the legal and criminal justice systems, while exploring the latest trends in law and society with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, culture and gender. You won’t just be ready. You’ll be ahead of the game.


Dr. Robert Moschgat Award

Dr. Robert Moschgat Award

Dr. Robert “Bob” Moschgat, who passed away unexpectedly July 25, 2020, was a fixture in Bloomsburg University's criminal justice program for seven years. He was often the first professor criminal justice students interacted with, as he regularly taught Introduction to Criminal Justice. Bob will be forever remembered for his deep devotion to his students, his academic expertise, and his effervescent personality.

Bob had a way of making students feel comfortable and important while encouraging them to achieve academic success. Because his unwavering, passionate support for students led to so many students citing his influence on their experience at BU, the annual award given to the top graduating criminal justice student each spring will be known as the Dr. Robert Moschgat Award.