School of Social Research and Justice Studies

Who We Are

The School of Social Research and Justice Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno combines the research expertise and scholarly interests of faculty in the departments of Communication Studies, Criminal Justice and Sociology. It also houses the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, a state-wide program for research and public service. Additionally, the school includes the Judicial Studies and Justice Management degree programs. Faculty members in the school enjoy national and international reputations in their fields, publishing in the most prestigious professional journals and presenting papers at national and international conferences. The departments in the school provide a range of stimulating courses, undergraduate programs and graduate programs for students with an interest in understanding the dynamics of our complex soci-political-legal world. The School brings together faculty with expertise in a wide range of related areas, pursuing the intersections between our social structures, the interactions in which we engage and the identities we develop. The school is particularly focused on research in communication, social processes, social structures and justice issues.

Faculty areas of expertise include:

  • family and gender
  • mental health and illness
  • work and family
  • rhetoric and social movements
  • gender and sexualities
  • new religious movements
  • experiences of and attitudes toward Viet Nam veterans
  • economic development in Africa
  • juvenile offenders
  • ethnicity and identity
  • political corruption
  • attitudes across the globe
  • relationships between psychological characteristics
  • identity, attitudes and experiences
  • globalization
  • class and inequality

What We Offer

Students majoring in any of the departments are encouraged to study across boundaries to broaden their academic experience. Students can either major or minor in any of the three academic areas represented in the school (communications, criminal justice, or sociology). The school includes several graduate programs, including an M.A. in Criminal Justice, an M.A. in Sociology and a Masters in Justice Management (offered online). The school also offers a Masters and Ph.D. program in Judicial Studies designed for sitting judges.

Situated within the College of Liberal Arts, the school benefits from relationships among a wide range of faculty. Furthermore, faculty members remain accessible to students because of small class-sizes campus-wide. Students in the school may seek careers in policy-making, social services, non-profit and government agencies, research and analysis positions, public service, public relations, human resources and in the legal system at various levels, from police officers to court manager. Many majors continue on to law school or professional/graduate school.


Faculty members

Our faculty have a diverse range of interests and areas of expertise. Faculty members offer change-oriented curriculum and intriguing research agendas.

Degrees & Programs

Four college graduates

View a list of undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication studies, criminal justice and sociology.

Contact Us

Contact Social Research and Justice Studies (0300)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone (775) 784-4765

Fax (775) 784-1358

Lincoln Hall, 209