Sociology focuses on the forces that organize and structure society and smaller groups, as well as the forces that disorganize and threaten to dissolve them. Criminal Justice prepares students for work in federal and local law enforcement, probation and corrections.
Political science prepares students for positions of leadership in both the private and public sectors, for further scholarly study, and to be educated and involved citizens. The faculty strives to develop students’ analytical and critical thinking skills, ethical sensitivities, and abilities to make reasoned and discerned judgments.
Geography enables students to understand the interconnectedness brought about by the forces of globalization through relationship between ourselves and the world in which we live. Human geography uses culture regions, migration, and human impact on our surroundings to examine the world at large while physical geography completes the pictures incorporating the role of the earth’s natural forces.

Sociology, Political Science & Geography programs

Bachelor's Degrees in Sociology, Political Science & Geography

  • Major in Sociology (B.A.)
    • with specializations available in: liberal arts, sociological research, criminal justice
  • Major in Political Science (B.A.)
    • with specializations available in: international politics, liberal arts, political research, pre-law, public policy and administration

Minors in Sociology, Political Science & Geography

  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Geography
View the Course Catalog for degree requirements and courses offered.
Why TLU?
Sociology, Political Science, Geography and Criminal Justice allow students to study issues that impact their lives and make sense of the present and future, often through study of the past. Student who desire to understand and influence public policy often become involved in TLU's Student Government Association and pursue a higher degree or careers in public service, law, academia, business or government. Many students choose to study abroad in order to better acquaint themselves with other cultures' procedures, policies and traditions, while others study in the U.S. through the Washington Semester Program.
Sociology, Political Science & Geography Faculty
Germaine Walsh
Germaine Paulo Walsh, Associate Professor and Department Chair; B.A., University of San Francisco; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Fordham University. Dr. Walsh teaches Political Philosophy and American Government. Her research interests include ancient political thought and the nature of gender difference and its relation to politics. She enjoys discussing classical political thought and feminist theory, and she has studied in Innsbruck, Austria.

Steve Boehm
Steve Boehm, Assistant Professor; B.A. in Photojournalism, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, M.A. in Sociology, Texas State University; Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Texas State University. Prof. Boehm draws sociological insights from his previous careers as a photojournalist and as a teacher at a juvenile detention facility and at Job Corps, a federal training program for disadvantaged youth.

Daniel Braaten
Assistant Professor
Daniel Braaten joins TLU from the University of Nebraska-Kearney as an assistant professor of political science. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Braaten previously taught at Carroll University and University of Nebraska-Kearney, teaching courses in international relations, comparative politics, American government and research methods. He has also accompanied students on study abroad trips to Vietnam and China and his main research interest is the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy.

Corinne Castro
Corinne Castro received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California Berkeley and received both her master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology, with an emphasis in women’s studies, from Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. Since graduating from TU in May 2012, she has worked as an instructor in the Department of Sociology at La Salle University and the Department of Culture and Communications at Drexel University. She has taught a range of courses such as foundations in statistical methods, introduction to sociology, research methods, gender in America and ethnicity and the immigrant experience. Her primary research areas include the intersections of race, gender and class, higher education, occupations and work, and international migration. Castro’s dissertation, “Women of Color Navigating the Academy: The Discursive Power of Professionalism,” focuses on why women of color continue to be underrepresented in the U.S. professoriate, despite advances in minorities’ participation in higher education. She is extremely excited to be joining her new faculty and looks forward to becoming a part of the diverse and culturally rich community at TLU.

Judith Hoffmann
Associate Professor
Judith Dykes-Hoffmann, Assistant Professor of History and Geography; B.A., Texas Lutheran University; M.A., Texas State University, San Marcos; Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Hoffmann has performed extensive research on the role of women in German immigration to Texas and of antebellum women in the U.S. South. She teaches geography and women's history.

Kirsten Legore
Coach of TLU Mock Trial Team
Kirsten Legore, B.A. and J.D., Baylor University. Ms. Legore, Coach of the TLU Mock Trial Team, is a practicing attorney specializing in criminal law. Ms. Legore’s mock trial instruction provides students with opportunities to learn about the work of trial attorneys and understand the judicial system.

Chris Lyerla
P/T Instructor

Cristina Mendoza
P/T Instructor

Christi Townsend
P/T Instructor