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 graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (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, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


(*) When up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements, they are recommended below; only two courses within Explorations (T2) may be fulfilled by courses in the same subject.  

Core 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

Select one course emphasizing diversity from the following:
SOC 310 – Racial and Ethnic Relations
SOC 315 – Sociology of Gender
SOC 363 – Social Inequality in the U.S.

One capstone course from the following:
HON 495 – Departmental Honors
SOC 490 – Sociology Seminar
SOC 497 – Sociology Internship

Crimonology Concentration(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 352 – Contemporary Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice
SOC 353 – Neighborhoods and Crime
SOC 366 – Penology
SOC 367 – Criminal Justice and Social Inequality
SOC 368 – Sociology of Law
SOC 404 – Gender and the Law
SOC 410 – Systemic Racism in the United States

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