B.A. in Sociology: Criminology Specialization

Criminology is a sub-field of sociology that focuses on the causes of crime, the impact of crime on society, and society's responses to crime.  Students who major in sociology with a concentration in criminology will explore different types of crime, different groups of people who are labeled as criminals by society, and theoretical explanations of crime.  You will also examine the criminal justice system's institutions including police, courts, and corrections that play a role in society's responses to crime. 

Sociology Department
Sociology Major with a Concentration in Criminology
Suggested Four-Year Course Schedule

Year Fall Credits Spring Credits
GSR 101 - First Year Seminar
GSR 102 - Critical Reading and Writing
GSR 103 - ASL & Deaf Studies
GSR 104 - Quantitative Reasoning Approach
Free Elective
3
3
3
3
3-4
GSR 110
GSR 150-Intro. to Integrated Learning
SOC 101
Free Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective
 
4
3
3
3
3
Total 15-16 Total 16-?
2 GSR 2XX
SOC 151
Free Electives
4-12
3
0-6
GSR 2XX
SOC 150
SOC 243
Free Elective
4
3
3
3
Total 15-16 Total 15-16
3 GSR 2XX
SOC 334
SOC 351
Free Electives
4
3
3
6
GSR 2XX
SOC 320*
SOC 375
SOC 423
5
3
3
3
Total 15-16 Total 14
4 GSR 300
SOC 491
Criminology Electives**
Free Electives
4
3
6
9-12
SOC 492
SOC 407
Free Elective
3
3
6
Total 15-16 Total 12

* SOC 320 is a required internship
** Can be a Sociology course, a course in another department, or a Consortium course, with agreement from academic advisor.

Specialization Requirements

Summary of Requirements

2013-2014

General Studies

40

Pre-Major Courses

3

Major and Related Courses

36

Free Elective Courses

41

TOTAL

120

Requirements for a Major in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology

Students planning to major in sociology with a concentration in criminology must have a grade of "C" or better in SOC 101. For continuation in the major, students can have no more than one grade of "D+" or lower in a major required course or major elective course.

Required pre-major course 3 hours

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Required sociology courses 30 hours

SOC 151 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (3)
SOC 245 Sociology of Deviance (3)
SOC 320 Internship (3)
SOC 323 Social Theory (3)
SOC 334 Introduction to Methods of Social Research (3)
SOC 351 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
SOC 375 Statistics I (3)
SOC 407 Social Problems (3)
SOC 491 Senior Capstone Seminar I (3)
SOC 492 Senior Capstone Seminar II (3)

Elective courses 6 hours

Choose two courses from the following:
CHE 250 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
GOV 350 Constitutional Law (3)
PSY 321 Abnormal Psychology (3)
SOC 210 Saloshin Justice Seminar (3)
SOC 295 Special Topics (3)*
SOC 395 Special Topics (3)*
SOC 405 Current Issues in Criminology [topic to be specified] (3)
SOC 495 Special Topics (3)*

Note:  To satisfy the elective requirements, students may select courses from other departments or the Consortium in consultation with his/her advisor.

*Special Topics courses must be related to criminology.

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