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Bachelor of Science
Sociology (Crime, Deviance, and Society)

College of Letters and Sciences

Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Program Description

The Crime and Deviance Track is designed for students who have an interest in criminal justice but see sociology as providing more opportunities for employment than a pure degree in criminal justice. In addition to the standard 12 hours of required core sociology courses (i.e., sociological theory, social research methods, race and ethnic relations, social statistics, stratification and inequality, and sociology capstone), elective credit is divided into 12 hours of directed electives in Area G, which includes options for course work in sociology of deviance, drugs and society, sociology of domestic abuse, race and ethnic relations, and an internship.

Finally, in Area H, students may choose from 15 hours of directed electives that includes courses in juvenile delinquency, violent crime, violence and society, sociology of aging, sociology of religion and sociology of formal organizations.

The Crime and Deviance Track was designed to make use of the joint Sociology and Criminal Justice Department as suggested by the American Sociological Association. Graduates of this program will be able to demonstrate the ability to think rationally and critically about various sociological issues, excel in interpersonal communication skills, demonstrate a deep understanding of multiculturalism and diversity, understand the nature of crime and deviance, be able to understand criminology and the criminal justice system from an interdisciplinary perspective, and will have well-developed skills in research, data analysis, planning and organizing, and management and demonstrate proficiency with either quantitative and/or qualitative data base and statistical software.

Example study areas include:
  • The Family
  • Race, Class, and Gender
  • Crime, Conformity, and Deviance
  • Social Stratification, Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Community Development, and Social Policy
  • Work and Organizations
  • Global Studies: - Model African Union
  • African Women and Development
  • Social Theory
  • Social Research Methods

Career Opportunities

  • Mental Health Worker
  • Adoption Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Child Welfare Officer
  • Human Resources
  • Welfare Counselor
  • Community Service Agency
  • Claims Representative
  • Public Opinion Surveyor
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Case Aid Worker
  • Child Abuse Case Manager
  • Advertising Assistant
  • Delinquency Counselor
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Researcher
  • Correctional Case Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Alcohol/ Drug Case Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Labor Relations
  • Personnel Interviewer

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:
  • be able to recognize trends and patterns,
  • develop then ability to create reports,
  • be able to think critically and analytically about issues,
  • develop skills in interpersonal communications,
  • develop skills in research and data analysis,
  • develop skills in planning and organizing, and management.

Additional Program Requirements

There are no program specific academic regulations.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

OR
Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: Students must complete Area B and Area D with a combined total of 15 credit hours within the following ranges: Area B, 4-5 hours; Area D1, 7-8 hours; Area D2, 3-4 hours. Any additional hours may be applied to Area F or beyond, depending on the program of study. Students should consult their advisors.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10
D1: Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

D2: Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Note: Students must complete Area B and Area D with a combined total of 15 credit hours within the following ranges: Area B, 4-5 hours; Area D1, 7-8 hours; Area D2, 3-4 hours. Any additional hours may be applied to Area F or beyond, depending on the program of study. Students should consult their advisors.

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses

SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 1168 Social Problems

Select 12 hours from the following choices:
ANTH 1105, 1107, 1109, 1145, 2105, 2136,2137, 2205 (4 hrs)
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002
GEOG 1101, 2215 (4 hrs)
HIST 1111, 1112, 2111, 2112
MATH 1001, 1101, 1111, 1113 (4 hrs), 1125, 1131 (4 hrs), 1132 (4 hrs), 1165, 2115, 2125, 2135 (4 hrs)
PHIL 2010, 2020, 2030, 2500
POLS 2101, 2201, 2401
SOCI 2126
STAT 1401

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 24 
A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses.

Take the following (15 hrs):

Choose 12 hours from the following courses:

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 12
A grade of "C" or higher is required in each course counted in this area.
Choose 12 hours from the following courses:

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 24

Select 3 hours of coursework at the 3000-level or higher and select another 21 hours of coursework at the 1000-level or higher.

Total Required Hours: 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule