The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice are fully committed to the missions of Valdosta State University and the University System of Georgia. Within these frameworks, we seek to accomplish the following:

  • To provide a teaching/learning environment that sustains instructional excellence and intellectual inquiry across a variety of graduate and undergraduate degree programs, serves a diverse student body committed to excellence and high levels of achievement, and provides academic advising and other support to students as they move through the university and into their careers;
  • To be professionally productive as active scholars engaged in significant professional activities at the regional, national, and international levels while also conducting sound academic and applied research as seen in publications in refereed research journals, monographs and books, and reports to various public and private agencies that might sponsor such work;
  • To support regional and area development as well as the improvement of the quality of life in our region by using our professional knowledge and skills in service to our region, state, and nation.


Dr. Ross, Dr. Knowles, and Cheyanne Stone (1)

 Cheyanne Stone, from Douglas, Georgia, is awarded the 2023 Judge H. Arthur "Mac" McLane Scholarship.  She is expected to graduate in May, 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Psychology.  Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Master's Degree and a Doctorate in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee.  Her career goals include Criminology or Juvenile Justice. (Pictured left to right: Dr. Darrell Ross, Department Head, Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice; Cheyanne Stone, Dr. Fred Knowles, Professor, Criminal Justice and Coordinator, Native American and Indigenous Studies). CONGRATULATIONS Cheyanne!