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 Minor

(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 101SS - Principles of Sociology
Choose one course:
SOC 340 - Sociological Research
SOC 351WI - Ethnographic Research
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.)