Ellis College of Arts and Sciences

Sociology/Social Work/Criminal Justice

For those students who are curious about human nature and looking for a degree that will allow them to help others, the Department of Sociology, Human Services/Social Work, and Criminal Justice is a great starting point. The department offers several major, minor, and certification plans preparing you for a career or further education in fields such as social work, law enforcement, the court system, and more.  


  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work (Not Accredited at this Time)
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology


  • Sociology
  • Human Services
  • Anthropology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Gerontology
  • Human Diversity
  • Child and Family Dynamics


  • Criminal Justice
  • Forensics
  • Gerontology

About Us

  • The Department of Sociology and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences jointly administer an interdisciplinary minor in child and family dynamics.  
  • The Gerontology program works with various community, state, and private agencies.
  • The Department encourages and supports interdisciplinary study, recognizing the usefulness of sociology for students with primary interests in another discipline. This is especially relevant for those studying education and healthcare.


Dr. Joyce Shepherd
Department Chair
Henderson State University
1100 Henderson Street
HSU Box 7661
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001