Sociology and criminal justice programs
As a sociology/criminal justice major, you’ll study people in groups: peer and family groups, political parties, religious groups, minority groups, and entire societies. You’ll investigate and debate social problems like poverty, war and crime—all in an effort to understand how people might relate to one another in a way that promotes restoration and reconciliation.
Our department's mission is to train you to think critically about the social world, help you develop skills for conducting social research, and engage you in exploring the diversity of the human experience. We want our sociology graduates to apply their skills to the pursuit of justice as they live out their calling in careers and communities around the world.
Alternative Secondary Teaching Endorsement Program in Sociology
|Sociology electives: 3-6 credits *
|Related social science courses: 15-16 credits **
|SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society) An introduction to sociology, its major concepts, tools and perspectives. This course provides an understanding of societies, of culture, of major social institutions such as the family, religion, and education, of social inequality, and of social change.
|SOC 202 - Social Problems
(4 credits) This course is about learning to critically think about society and various problems in society. This course will examine a number of social issues as we wrestle with how we can decide if an issue is a social problem, decide which social problems might be more significant than others, and evaluate potential solutions for social problems. We are going to wrestle with some challenging questions with the goal of helping us to think deeply about how we might seek justice on an individual level and within society.
|Choose one course: 2-4 credits
|SOC 340 - Sociological Research|
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A comprehensive introduction to sociological research methods with emphasis on survey research. An opportunity for sociology majors or others to apply this methodology in the conduct of major research in an area determined in consultation with the instructor. Finished research reports will be considered for presentation at various sociological association meetings. Prerequisites: SOC101 or equivalent.
|SOC 351WI - Ethnographic Research|
(4 credits) (Writing intensive) An overview of ethnographic methods, goals,
and the theoretical assumptions underlying them. Ethnography, the description
and analysis of human life or culture, is based on qualitative fieldwork. The
goal is to understand the "native's'' point of view, to learn from people
rather than study them. Students will have an opportunity to practice fieldwork
methods and write a brief ethnography.
|Total credits required: 30-32
*A total of 15-16 sociology credits is required. It is strongly recommended that sociology electives include SOC110, Contemporary Marriage and Family Living and SOC304, Minority Groups.
** Related courses may be taken from economics, psychology, political science, American history or world history. If at least 15 credits are taken in one of these related areas, then teaching endorsement requirements are satisfied in that second area (in addition to endorsement in sociology).