Chair: Dr. Teelyn Mauney
Sociology is the study of human social relationships and we anchor all of our degree programs in its understanding of the world, its theoretical underpinnings and its research approaches. This discipline provides a sound foundation in both theoretical and applied sociology, as preparation for graduate work in sociology or related fields, or for entry into careers requiring a basic knowledge of people, social relations, institutions, and social systems. This discipline also focuses greatly on variations amongst people due to race-ethnicity, social class, gender and global position, thus preparing students for many careers that involve working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Sociology & Criminal Justice Major: BA or BS
The major in Sociology and Criminal Justice offers students a solid foundation in the theory and methods of Sociology, while also providing instruction in the applied area of study in Criminal Justice. This major focuses on the major areas of study in Criminal Justice such as criminal justice and juvenile justice processes, criminology, law enforcement, law and adjudication, courts and corrections. The interdisciplinary nature of Criminal Justice is reflected in its course offerings and collateral requirements. During their internship, Criminal Justice students gain in-depth exposure to the justice system through placement with a justice agency. Graduates pursue a wide variety of careers including law school, law enforcement, corrections (including probation and parole), private security, youth agency work, and many others.
There are two options for a concentration in Criminal Justice: a B.A. or B.S. The main difference in requirements is that students who pursue a B.A. will take courses in language through the 200-level, whereas students who pursue a B.S. will be required to take a class in forensics chemistry.