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.

Criminal Justice Major

Located within the sociology department, the criminal justice major prepares students for a future career in law enforcement and related professional fields. Its instructors train students to think critically about the criminal justice system and to understand and implement evidence based practices. The department encourages students to apply these skills toward the pursuit of restorative justice as they live out their calling.

The criminal justice major is designed to assist students in entering an area of expanding need. The need is for professionalization and better prepared personnel in law enforcement, the court system, and in diverse areas in the corrections system. This major is also good preparation for graduate school, providing a knowledge and understanding of theory, social organization, methods and techniques. An internship of one semester is part of the major in order to provide additional practical experience in the field.

Requirements
SOC 202 - Social Problems
SOC 218 - Deviance & Social Control
SOC 220 - The Criminal Justice System
SOC 304 - Ethnicity, Power, Identity
SOC 305 - Policing & Law Enforcement
SOC 307 - Corrections
SOC 310 - Criminology
SOC 340 - Sociological Research
SOC 410 - Restorative Justice
SOC 417 - Internship
Cognates
PSC 201 - State and Local Government
PSC 225 - Intro to Law
Total Credits Required: 46