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
(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
A discussion of myths and facts leading toward an understanding of many social problems, such as sexual deviance, drugs and alcohol, health care and illness (physical and mental), crime and delinquency, violence, wealth and poverty, inequality of opportunity, work, aging, sex inequality, racial minorities and discrimination, education, family problems, war, pollution, ecology and population. Emphasis is placed upon difficulties in defining, critiquing and proposing meaningful solutions.(4 credits)
|Choose one course: 2-4 credits
|SOC 340 - Sociological Research|
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. Recommend general education writing requirement, (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
|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).