Sociology, B.S. - Criminology and Criminal Justice

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  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.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

Core Requirements (18 Credits)
'C' or better is required in all 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

Criminology Concentration (18 Credits)
SOC 162 – Introduction 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


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.