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.
(Satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in sociology. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.)
|Sociology electives: 16-18 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.
|Choose one course:
|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 351 - Ethnographic Research
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. Prerequisite: recommend general education writing requirement. (4 credits)
|Total credits required: 26
*For students seeking teaching endorsement: SOC202, Social Problems is required; SOC110, Contemporary Marriage and Family Living and SOC304, Minority Groups are strongly recommended.
(Students completing a major in psychology who have completed PSY215, Research Methods I, and who complete a sociology minor may complete any 2- or 4-credit sociology course in place of SOC340, Sociological Research or SOC351, Ethnographic Research.)