Sociology, B.S. - Criminology and Criminal Justice M.S. Accelerated Pathway

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The B.S. in sociology (Criminology and Criminal Justice B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Pathway) has been designed to provide high-achieving students with the opportunity to complete foundational graduate coursework during their senior year of undergraduate studies in order to accelerate the graduate degree completion. This competitive program allows admitted students the opportunity to complete their B.S. in Sociology and the M.S in Sociology (Concentration: Accelerated Pathway) in five years. This program has a separate admission process.

The program outline and graduation requirements are listed below.  In addition, free electives are selected to reach 120 credits overall and a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.

The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements.  To review more detailed information regarding these requirements, please visit Degree Requirements >>General Education (LEP) Requirements. Courses in the major and/or cognate may also be used to satisfy LEP requirements where noted below (*).


Sociology Requirements (18 Credits)
‘C’ or better is required in all core SOC courses.
SOC 100 — Introduction to Sociology
SOC 201 - Social Science Statistics
SOC 255 — Methods of Social Research
SOC 260 — Applied Social Theory

Diversity (Select one):
SOC 310 — Racial and Ethnic Relations
SOC 315 — Sociology of Gender
SOC 363 — Social Inequality in the U.S.

Capstone (Select one):
HON 495 — Departmental Honors
SOC 490 — Sociology Seminar
SOC 497 — Sociology Internship

Concentration Requirements (18 Credits)

SOC 162 - Inroduction to Criminology
SOC 362 - Criminological Theory
Select 12 Credits:
JRN 375 - Courts and Crime
SOC 266 - Socialization and Social Control
SOC 334 - Probation, Parole, Pardon
SOC 338 - Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 350 - Drugs and Society
SOC 366 - Penology
SOC 367 - Criminal Justice and Social Inequality
SOC 368 - Sociology of Law
SOC 404 - Gender and the Law

Accelerated Pathway Requirements (6 Credits)
Graduate courses require a grade of 'C' or higher.
SOC 500 - Sociology and Social Justice 
SOC 580 - Applied Theories of Social Justice