College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sociology & Criminology

The Sociology & Criminology Combined Major
(54 cr hrs + Soc Internship and SL Course)

I. Sociology Core Requirements (15 cr hrs)

  • SW200 SO Understanding Society
  • SO205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO391W Social Theory Seminar (SW200SO + two sociology courses; Junior standing)
  • SO393 Social Research Seminar (SW200SO + one sociology course + SO293 Social Statistics
    other approved Statistics course; Junior standing)
  • SO486 Senior Research Seminar I (SO 391W + SO393; Senior standing; 2 cr hr)
  • SO487 Senior Research Seminar II (SO486; 1 cr hr)

Note: SO499 Honors Thesis can be completed in place of the SO486, SO487 Senior Research Seminar Sequence

II. Sociology Area Requirements (24 hours)

At least one course from each of the following four areas (All 300 level courses require SW200 SO or permission; SO293, SO381, SO383, SO385 may not be taken to satisfy this requirement).

Socio-Cultural Institutions 

  • SO301 Families and Gender Roles
  • SO303 Political Behavior, Polity and Society
  • SO311 Law and Society
  • SO315 Film, Media, Society
  • SO319 Mental Illness, Culture, and Society
  • SO351 Punishment and Society

Social Structure and Differentiation

  • SO317 Gender and Society 
  • SO321 Crime and Society
  • SO323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SO325 Class, Status and Power
  • SO326 Gender, Race, Crime
  • SO329 The Sociology of Racism
  • SO353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency    

Socio-Cultural Process and Integration 

  • SO339 Violence, Media, Culture
  • SO341 Self and Society 
  • SO343 Popular Culture 
  • SO345 Deviance and Social Control
  • SO347 Urban Community
  • SO349 Social Movements

Global and Comparative Studies

  • SO331 Latin American Societies
  • SO333 European Societies
  • SO335 Global Society
  • SO355 International Crime

III. Criminology Area Requirements (15 hours) 

Note: No course taken in this area can be double-counted to satisfy sociology area requirements above.

Crime and Law Area: Five Courses (15 cr hrs)

Required Core Course: 

SO321 Crime and Society

and four of the following:

  • SO311 Law and Society
  • SO326 Gender, Race, Crime
  • SO339 Violence, Media, Culture
  • SO345 Deviance and Social Control
  • SO351 Punishment and Society
  • SO353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

IV. Internship or Service Learning Course

Students are also expected to complete an internship (SO484, SO485) and a service learning (SL) course or second internship.