Office Hours

  • Mon 11:30-12:30pm
  • Tues/Thurs 2:30-3:30pm
  • and by appointment



  • Patterns of death penalty use
  • wrongful convictions

William Lofquist

Professor of


Sturges 101
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


William Lofquist has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1992.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.A., Sam Houston State University
  • B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
My Classes

Socl 250:
Sociology of Deviance

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    The course is an inquiry into the social construction of deviance. Emphasis is placed on how behavior comes to be defined as deviant and the interests advanced by these definitions, as well as on societal responses to deviance, causes of individual involvement in deviant behavior, and deviance designations as a form of social control. Prerequisites: Any 100-level Sociology course or permission of instructor. Offered every year

Socl 281:
Selected Topics:

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    An intensive study of a topic in sociology not covered in depth in other courses or, alternatively, an attempt to integrate two or more paradigms or converging perspectives in the field to be studied. Prerequisites: any 100-level Sociology course or permission of the instructor. (Some topics may require additional prerequisites.) Offered every year

SOCL 347:

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    An intensive examination of theoretical perspectives on crime and juvenile delinquency. Emphasis is placed on the social sources of theories and on the power of theories to explain the high rates of interpersonal violence in the United States. Individual, group, organizational, societal, and cultural contributions to criminality are examined. The origins of the juvenile justice system and criminal law and patterns of criminal law enforcement are also considered. Finally, the relationship between crime and punishment is analyzed. Prerequisites: Any 100-level Sociology course. Offered every spring