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Sociology and Criminology Requirements

View the Sociology and Ciminology Course Catalog

Requirements for the Sociology Major

The major requires 39 hours plus an internship or service-learning course.

Major Core Requirements (15 hours)

  • SW200SO, Understanding Society
  • SO205, Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO391W, Social Theory Seminar
  • SO393, Research Methods Seminar
  • SO486, Senior Research Seminar

Note: SO499, Honors Thesis may be completed in place of SO486.

Additional Area Requirements (24 hours)

At least one course from each of the following four areas:

  • Sociocultural Institutions
    • SO301, Families and Gender Roles
    • SO303, Political Behavior, Polity, and Society
    • SO311, Law and Society
    • SO315, Film, Media, and Society
    • SO319, Mental Illness, Culture, and Society
    • SO351, Punishment and Society
    • SO353, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 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, and Crime
    • SO329, The Sociology of Racism
  • Sociocultural Process and Integration
    • SO339, Violence, Media, and 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
    • SO350, Immigration
    • SO355, International Crime

An internship or service-learning course is required.

Requirements for the Sociology Minor

The minor comprises 21 hours. Core requirements (9 hours):

  • SW200SO, Understanding Society
  • SO391W, Social Theory Seminar
  • SO393, Research Methods Seminar

Additional area requirements (12 hours): at least one course from each of the four concentration areas in sociology (see sociology major).

Requirements for the Sociology Major with a Specialization in Social Work and Social Policy

The major requires 39 credit hours plus an internship or service-learning course.

Major Core Requirements (15 credit hours)

  • SW200SO, Understanding Society
  • SO205, Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO391W, Social Theory Seminar
  • SO393, Research Methods Seminar
  • SO486, Senior Research Seminar

Note: SO499 Honors Thesis may be completed in place of SO486.

Social Work Practice Requirements (9 hours)

  • SO381, Social Work and Social Policy
  • SO383, Social Work Methods
  • SO385, Practice Skills in Social Work

Additional Area Requirements (15 hours)

At least one course from each of the following four areas:

  • Sociocultural Institutions
    • SO301, Families and Gender Roles
    • SO303, Political Behavior, Polity, and Society
    • SO311, Law and Society
    • SO315, Film, Media, and Society
    • SO319, Mental Illness, Culture, and Society
    • SO351, Punishment and Society
    • SO353, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • 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, and Crime
    • SO329, The Sociology of Racism
  • Sociocultural Process and Integration
    • SO339, Violence, Media, and 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
    • SO350, Immigration
    • SO355, International Crime

An internship or service-learning course is required.

Requirements for the Criminology Major

The major requires 39 credit hours plus an internship or service-learning course.

Major Core Requirements (15 hours)

  • SW200SO, Understanding Society
  • SO205, Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO391W, Social Theory Seminar
  • SO393, Research Methods Seminar
  • SO486, Senior Research Seminar

Note: SO499, Honors Thesis may be completed in place of SO486.

Additional Area Requirements (24 hours)

Crime and Law (5 courses; 15 hours)

  • SO321, Crime and Society
  • Four of the following:
    • SO311, Law and Society
    • SO326, Gender, Race, and Crime
    • SO339, Violence, Media, and Culture
    • SO345, Deviance and Social Control
    • SO351, Punishment and Society
    • SO353, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Sociocultural Diversity (1 course; 3 hours)

  • SO317, Gender and Society
  • SO323, Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SO325, Class, Status, and Power
  • SO329, The Sociology of Racism

Global and Comparative Studies (1 course; 3 hours)

  • SO331, Latin American Societies
  • SO333, European Societies
  • SO335, Global Society
  • SO350, Immigration
  • SO355, International Crime

Sociology Elective (1 course; 3 hours): any other 300-level sociology course, excluding SO381, SO383, and SO385.

An internship or service-learning course is required.

Requirements for the Criminology Minor

The minor requires 21 credit hours.

Minor Core Requirements (9 hours)

  • SW200SO, Understanding Society
  • SO391W, Social Theory Seminar
  • SO393, Research Methods Seminar

Additional Area Requirements (12 hours)

Crime and Law (3 courses; 9 hours)

  • SO321, Crime and Society
  • Two of the following:
    • SO311, Law and Society
    • SO326, Gender, Race, and Crime
    • SO339, Violence, Media, and Culture
    • SO345, Deviance and Social Control
    • SO351, Punishment and Society
    • SO353, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
    • SO355, International Crime

Sociocultural Diversity (1 course; 3 hours)

  • SO317, Gender and Society
  • SO323, Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SO325, Class, Status, and Power
  • SO329, The Sociology of Racism

Requirements for the Minor in Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration: A Sociological Perspective

The minor requires 21 credit hours.

Minor Core Requirements (9 hours)

  • SW200SO, Understanding Society
  • SO334, Immigration
  • SO391W, Social Theory Seminar
  • SO393, Research Methods Seminar

Specialized Course Requirements (three of the following, 9 hours)

  • SO323, Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SO326, Gender, Race, and Crime
  • SO329, The Sociology of Racism
  • SO331, Latin American Societies
  • SO333, European Societies
  • SO355, International Crime
  • SO380, Special Topics (The department will approve special topics courses that count toward the minor.)
  • Sociocultural Diversity (1 course; 3 hours):
    • SO317, Gender and Society
    • SO323, Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • SO325, Class, Status, and Power
    • SO329, The Sociology of Racism

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.