Department of Sociology & Anthropology

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Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Students in the Bachelor of Science curriculum (criminology and criminal justice) are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits in sociology.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Majors must take the following six courses (18 credits):

  • SOC 100¬†General Sociology: This is the first course in the discipline and is designed to provide students with an introduction to sociological analysis and discourse
  • SOC/CCJ 230 Crime and Delinquency: Coursework will introduce students to the distribution, trends, and costs of crime and delinquency in the U.S. with an emphasis on policy implications
  • SOC/PSC/CCJ 274 (H) Criminal Justice System: This course provides an overview to the American system of criminal justice, including consideration of theories of criminal law
  • SOC 440¬†Sociological Research Methods: This course is a sustained examination of sociological research techniques with an emphasis on critical reasoning and the evaluation of sociological research (formerly SOC 301)
  • SOC 370 Theories of Crime and Delinquency: Sociological and psychological theories of crime are the focal points of this course. Students will also have the opportunity to evaluate competing explanations of criminal behavior
  • SOC/PSC/CCJ 476 Policy Issues in Criminal Justice: As a capstone course, this seminar focuses on policy issues in the area of criminal justice, including capital punishment, gun control, legalization of drugs, mandatory sentencing, and restorative justice

Inequality Courses

Two inequality courses are required from the following offerings (6 credits):

  • SOC/AAF 240 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 242 Sex and Gender
  • SOC/AAF 336 Social Inequality
  • SOC 403 Gender, Crime, and Justice
  • SOC 410 Race, Crime, and Justice
  • SOC 413 Gender Inequality
  • SOC/AAF 428 Institutional Racism
  • SOC 452 Class and Power

Sociology Electives

A minimum of two additional courses must be taken from the following sociology offerings (6 credits):

  • SOC 300 Topics in Sociology (related to Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • SOC 330 Police in Democratic Societies
  • SOC 331 Punishment and Corrections
  • SOC 332 Juvenile Justice
  • SOC 403 Gender, Crime, and Justice
  • SOC 410 Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • SOC 420 Family Violence
  • SOC 450 White Collar Crime
  • SOC 497 Field Experience in Sociology
  • SOC 498/499 Independent Study

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