Cultural and Social Studies

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Department of
Cultural and Social Studies
2500 California Plaza
Creighton Hall Ste 424
Omaha, NE 68178

Please visit individual pages for exact office numbers.

Programs Include: Sociology, Criminal Justice, Justice & Peace Studies, Social Work, Health Administration & Policy, Cultural Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology.

CSS featured in Creighton Magazine

The current issue of Creighton Magazine features our own Dr. Dawn Irlbeck, Associate Professor of Sociology-Criminal Justice and Social Work Alumna Kathryn Greene Jacob, BSW '00.


Welcome to the Department of Cultural and Social Studies

New 5-year Justice and Peace Studies Program

A new program joins the Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice and Society with the Werner Institute Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. This program is a combined curriculum of the undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the graduate program in the Graduate School. About half of the graduate courses are taken online and about half on campus.  59 credits required:  31 in JPS, 28 in NCR.

During the senior year, JAS students will complete the requirements for the bachelorís degree but also take two courses in the Werner Institute, NCR 624 Dynamics of Conflict and NCR 631 International Conflict, which will count as the social science electives for the undergraduate major.  Two required courses in the major, JPS 565 Catholic Social Teaching and JPS 588 Christian Ethics of War & Peace, will also count as electives in the masterís curriculum.

Full Curriculum



Alum Featured in Filmmaker Showcase

Stones, a short film about the death penalty in Nebraska directed by Nico Sandi (BA í15), has been selected for the Local Filmmakersí Showcase at Filmstreams Cinema. Sandiís film will premier along with 11 others on Oct. 20 at 7:30pm at Filmstreams. Sandi is currently pursuing an MFA in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University. You can read more about the contest, Sandi, and the film here.

Our Mission

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.