Sociology B.A. with Law, Crime, and Society Certificate

The Sociology Department offers a concentration in Law, Crime, and Society within the Sociology major.  This sequence of courses is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the criminal justice system or who plan to attend law school or graduate school.  In addition to completing coursework in law and the criminal justice system, students receive training in sociological research methods—skills that give students a competitive advantage on the job market or when applying to graduate programs.  Also, through studying a variety of social processes and institutions (such as inequality, race and ethnicity, family, gender, religion, and urbanism), students gain a strong background for understanding current issues in law and criminal justice. Students interested in completing the concentration and obtaining the certificate should enroll with the undergraduate advisers.

A minimum of 123 credits is required for graduation.  All major requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Requirements for the Major: 47 credits

(This includes 4 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

Course

Title

Credits

SOC 001

Introduction to Sociology

3

STAT 200

Elementary Statistics(GQ)

4

CAS 283

Computer Applications for the Liberal Arts

3

SOC XXX

Lower Level Sociology

3

SOC 207

Research Methods in Sociology

3

SOC 405

Sociological Theory

3

SOC 470

Intermediate Social Statistics

4

SOC 400W

Senior Research Seminar

3

SOC 4XX

Advanced Level Sociology

6

SOC/CRIM 467

Law and Society

3

SOC/CRIM 012

Intro to Criminology

3

CRIM 100

Intro to the American Criminal Justice System

3

CRIM 113

Intro to Law

3

CRIM 4XX

400-level CRIM

3

Important note: the prerequisite for SOC 470 is 3 credits of any sociology course, and students often find it advantageous to complete STAT 200 prior to SOC 470.  The prerequisites for SOC 400W are SOC 207 and SOC 470, and this course sequencing is strictly enforced.

*It is recommended that you take SOC 400W in the first semester of your senior year.

Note: While SOC 294, 296, 300, 395, 494, 496, and LA 496D provide students with terrific opportunities and learning experiences, these credits may NOT be counted in fulfillment of the Sociology major requirements. They may, however, be used as elective credits to count toward the credit requirement for graduation.  Soc 469 may count for 3 credits toward the major if it is taken twice for a total of 6 credits.

Note: Internship credits will be counted towards elective credits, unless approved by the internship coordinator to meet a general 3 credit 400 level SOC course requirement.


General Education:45 Credits
(4 Credits are Included in the Requirements for the Major)

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements: 24 Credits

Electives: Minimum of 20

First-Year Seminar:
(Included in Electives or General Education Course Selection)

Writing Across The Curriculum:
(Included in Requirements for the Major)

United States Cultures & International Cultures Courses:
(Included in Electives or General Education Course Selection)