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.
|Sociology electives: 4 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
(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.
|SOC 210 - Marriage and Family
(4 credits) This class employs the sociological imagination to think about what
"family" is and how the social world has shaped both families and the images and ideals
that suggest what families or marriage should be. This class will use the tools
of sociology to think critically about "family" as a social institution. We
will wrestles with various ways of defining what family is, work to understand
how families are shaped by the social world, and ask if using the sociological
imagination can help us to look at current debates about family in a new and
|SOC 304CC - Ethnicity, Power and Identity
No course description available.
|SOC 309 - Sociology of Gender
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) An examination of the topic of gender, predominately using a sociological perspective. The study of gender from a sociological perspective develops an appreciation for how social structure, institutions and culture shape gender roles and the lives of those who play these roles - at the same time that gender roles shape culture, institutions and social structure. Attention will also be given to the "inherent or constructed" debate about gender roles, the role of the media in shaping gender, and the intertwining of gender and family, politics, work and religion.
|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.
|SOC 401 - Sociological Theory
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) In this course, we are going to consider a number of sociological theorists and ideas. We will not attempt a comprehensive examination of theory, either classic or contemporary. Rather, we will dive deeply into a number of texts to explore how theory can give us unique insights into the social world and the ways in which the social world shapes the lives of individuals. And we will contemplate if, instead of just interpreting the world in various ways, these theories suggest ways in which to change it. Prerequisites: SOC101, sociology major or permission of instructor.
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|PSY 100SS - Exploring Psychology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) In this course students learn
how, using methodologies such as
observation, survey and experimentation, psychological science explores
the causes and consequences of human action. An overview of major
findings from the field of psychology such as biological bases of
behavior, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development,
personality, intelligence, psychopathology and therapy, the effect of
others on individuals will be discussed and students will be encouraged
to apply this knowledge to their own views and actions. Students will
consider why the integration of faith and science in understanding humans
is important and will explore ways of accomplishing this integration.
|PSY 214x - Social Psychology
(4 credits) This course involves the study of the way individuals think about, influence
and relate to one another. Topics include: attitude change, social thinking, conformity, obedience, persuasion, prejudice, aggression, altruism, roles, norms and environmental in
fluences on social behavior. The major aim of the course is to encourage an appreciation of the relationship between personal and situational determinants of social behavior.Prerequisite: PSY111, 221, or SOC101.
|Total credits required: 40
Students intending to do graduate work in sociology are urged to take MAT216, Advanced Statistical Methods and SOC341x, Philosophy of Social Science.
PSY214x cannot double count for both a sociology elective course and the cognate requirement.