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 101SS - Principles of Sociology
SOC 202 - Social Problems
Choose one course: 2-4 credits
SOC 340 - Sociological Research
SOC 351WI - Ethnographic Research
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).