The Department of Cultural and Social Studies houses the disciplines of sociology and anthropology as well as the independent interdisciplinary programs of Social Work, Health Administration and Policy, and Justice and Peace Studies. We strive to achieve the unique goals and objectives for each of our areas of study while also reflecting the goals of Creighton's Jesuit Catholic mission. We as faculty are dedicated to research, teaching and service. Our special contribution to student centered learning is increasing our students' awareness of society and culture as contexts that shape the quality of human life. All of our programs aim to develop students as agents of social change through close collaboration in student research, service and learning. We are an integrated department, assisting students as they prepare for a variety of careers.
We welcome Dr. Steven M. Nelson to our department this fall. Dr. Nelson joins us as a Resident Assistant Professor in Sociology - Criminal Justice. Originally from Ohio, he attended The University of Chicago, where he earned his BA in psychology. After a year in the Teach For America program, he attended law school at Ohio State University and passed the Ohio Bar in 1995. Academia called in 2000, and he traveled to Tucson, where he earned his MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of Arizona, with focus on law, crime, and deviance and social psychology. Since then, Steven has taught at Clemson University and Miami University of Ohio. He and his wife Camille enjoy cooking, travel, board games, and birding.