College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sociology & Criminology

Criminology Degree Program

(39 cr.hrs., Sociology Internship or SL course)

Core Requirements (15 cr. hrs.)

  • SW 200SO Understanding Society
  • SO 205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO 391W Social Theory Seminar (prereq: SW200SO, two sociology courses, Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Research Methods Seminar (prereq: SW200SO, one sociology course, SO 293 or equivalent, and Junior standing)
  • SO 486 Senior Research Seminar I (prereq:  SO 391W, SO 393,Senior standing) (2 cr. hrs.)
  • SO 487 Senior Research Seminar II (prereq:  SO486) (1 cr. hr.)

Note: SO 499 Honors Thesis can be completed in place of the SO 487, SO 487 Senior Seminar Sequence.

Criminology Area Requirements

All 300 level courses and above require SW 200SO or permission of the instructor.

Crime and Law Area:  Five Courses (15 cr. hrs.)
SO 321 Crime and Society 
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Four of the following:

  • SO 311 Law and Society
  • SO 326 Gender, Race, Crime
  • SO 339 Violence, Media, Culture
  • SO 345 Deviance and Social Control
  • SO 351 Punishment and Society
  • SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Socio-Cultural Diversity Area: One Course (3 cr. hrs.)
SO 317 Gender and Society
SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
SO 325 Class, Status, and Power
SO 329 The Sociology of Racism

Global and Comparative Studies Area: One Course (3 cr. hrs.)
SO 331 Latin American Societies
SO 333 European Societies
SO 335 Global Society
SO 355 International Crime

Sociology Elective Area: One Course (3 cr. hrs.)
Any other 300 level sociology course excluding SO 381, SO 383, or SO 385.

Note: SO 380 Selected Topics in Sociology will count toward your major in the respective concentration area.  This course may be substituted for one of the above additional course requirements with the permission of the Department Head and can be taken any time after the Freshman year.

Students may choose an internship or a service learning course.
Internship (minimum of one three-credit hour course)    SO 484 (3 hours) or SO 485 (6 hours)
Service Learning Course (minimum three credit hour)