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Sociology & Criminology

Combined Majors in Sociology & Criminology

Combined majors

The Sociology and Criminology department offers two combined majors within our department and two with the Psychology department. These combined majors give students the opportunity to specialize in two related fields and are excellent preparation for students considering advanced study and/or careers in areas such as criminology, criminal justice, law, social work, counseling or sociology.  

Combined majors require more coursework than a regular major, but less coursework than completing a major in each subject area separately (i.e., double majoring). Students completing a combined major receive one degree. 

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The Sociology & Criminology Combined Major

Sociology Core Requirements (15 cr hrs)

  • SW 200SO, Understanding Society
  • SO 205, Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO 391W, Social Theory Seminar (SW200SO + two sociology courses; Junior standing)
  • SO 393, Social Research Seminar (SW200SO + one sociology course + SO293, Social Statistics
    OR
    other approved Statistics course; Junior standing)
  • SO 486, Senior Research Seminar I (SO 391W + SO393; Senior standing; 2 cr hr)
  • SO 487, Senior Research Seminar II (SO486; 1 cr hr)

Note: SO 499 Honors Thesis can be completed in place of the SO 486, SO 487 Senior Research Seminar Sequence

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:
    • SO 301, Families and Gender Roles
    • SO 303, Political Behavior, Polity and Society
    • SO 311, Law and Society
    • SO 315, Film, Media, Society
    • SO 319 Mental Illness, Culture, and Society
    • SO 351 Punishment and Society
  • Social Structure and Differentiation:
    • SO 317 Gender and Society 
    • SO 321 Crime and Society
    • SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • SO 325 Class, Status and Power
    • SO 326 Gender, Race, Crime
    • SO 329 The Sociology of Racism
    • SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency    
  • Socio-Cultural Process and Integration:
    • SO 339 Violence, Media, Culture
    • SO 341 Self and Society 
    • SO 343 Popular Culture 
    • SO 345 Deviance and Social Control
    • SO 347 Urban Community
    • SO 349 Social Movements
  • Global and Comparative Studies:
    • SO 331 Latin American Societies
    • SO 333 European Societies
    • SO 334 Immigration
    • SO 335 Global Society
    • SO 355 International Crime

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: SO 321 Crime and Society and 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

Internship or Service Learning Course

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

The Sociology/Social Work & Criminology Combined Major

(54 cr hrs + Internship and SL Course)

Sociology Core Requirements (15 cr hrs)

  • SW 200 SO Understanding Society
  • SO 205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO 391W Social Theory Seminar (SW200SO + two sociology courses; Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Social Research Seminar (SW200SO + one sociology course + SO293 Social Statistics     
    OR
    other approved Statistics course; Junior standing)
  • SO 486 Senior Research Seminar I (SO 391W + SO 393; Senior standing; 2 cr hr)
  • SO 487 Senior Research Seminar II (SO 486; 1 cr hr)

Note:  SO 499 Honors Thesis can be completed in place of the SO 486, SO 487 Senior Research Seminar Sequence

Social Work Practice Requirements (9 cr hrs)

  • SO 381 Social Work and Social Policy
  • SO 383 Social Work Methods
  • SO 385 Practice Skills in Social Work

Sociology Requirements (15 hrs)

At least one course from each of the following four areas (All 300 level courses require SW200 SO or Permission):

  • Socio-Cultural Institutions:
    • SO 301 Families and Gender Roles
    • SO 303 Political Behavior, Polity and Society 
    • SO 311 Law and Society
    • SO 315 Film, Media, Society
    • SO 319 Mental Illness, Culture and Society
    • SO 351 Punishment and Society
  • Social Structure and Differentiation:
    • SO 317 Gender and Society
    • SO 321 Crime and Society
    • SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • SO 325 Class, Status and Power
    • SO 326 Gender, Race, Crime
    • SO 329 The Sociology of Racism
    • SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • Socio-Cultural Process and Integration:
    • SO 339 Violence, Media, Culture
    • SO 341 Self and Society
    • SO 343 Popular Culture
    • SO 345 Deviance and Social Control
    • SO 347 Urban Community
    • SO 349 Social Movements
  • Social Structure and Differentiation:
    • SO 317 Gender and Society
    • SO 321 Crime and Society
    • SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • SO 325 Class, Status, and Power
    • SO 326 Gender, Race, and Crime
    • SO 329 The Sociology of Racism
  • Global and Comparative Studies:
    • SO 331 Latin American Societies
    • SO 333 European Societies
    • SO 334 Immigration
    • SO 335 Global Society
    • SO 355 International Crime

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: 
  • SO 321 Crime and Society and  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

Internship or Service Learning Course

Students are also expected to complete an internship (SO 484, SO 485) and a service learning (SL) course or second internship.

Criminology & Psychology Combined Major

Sociology (30 hours)

  • SW 200SO Understanding Society
  • SO 311 Law and Society
  • SO 321 Crime and Society or SO 345, Deviance and Social Control
  • SO 323 Race and Ethnic Relations or SO 326, Gender, Race and Crime, or SO 347, Urban Community
  • SO 351 Punishment and Society
  • SO 355 International Crime or SO 353, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • SO 391W Seminar in Social Theory (prereq: SW 200SO, two sociology courses, Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Seminar in Research Methods (prereq: SW 200SO, one sociology course, SO 293 or equivalent, Junior standing)
  • SO 486 Senior Research Seminar I (SO 391W, SO 393, Senior standing) (2 cr. hrs.)
  • SO 487 Senior Research Seminar II (SO 486) (1 cr. hr.)
  • SO 360 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice  (This course may be substituted for one of the above course requirements with the permission of the Sociology and Criminology Department Chair.)
  • Internship (three hours to be applied toward major)  
    SO 484 (3 hours) or SO 485 (6 hours)

Psychology (30 hours)

  • SW 250 Psychological Inquiry
  • PS 202 Learning and Memory
  • PS 210 Research Methods/Statistics I
  • PS 211 Research Methods/Statistics II
  • PS 235 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PS 310 Statistics in Psychology
  • PS 320 Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • PS 350 Social Psychology
  • PS 440 Psychology of Personality
  • Select One Seminar or Thesis (3 hours):
    • PS 475 Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
    • PS 476 Advanced Seminar in Biopsychology
    • PS 477 Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology
    • PS 478 Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology
    • PS 479 Advanced Seminar in Applied Psychology
    • PS 499 Honors Thesis

Sociology/Social Work and Psychology combined major

Sociology (30 hours)

  • SW 200 Understanding Society
  • SO 205 Contemporary Social Issuces
  • SO 381 Social Work and Social Policy
  • SO 383 Social Work Methods
  • SO 385 Practice Skills Methods
  • SO 391W Social Theory Seminar (prereq: SW 200SO, two sociology courses, Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Research Methods Seminar (prereq: SW 200SO, one sociolgy course, SO 293 or equivalent, Junior standing)
  • SO 486 Senior Research Seminar I (prereq: SO 391W, SO 393, Senior standing) (2 cr hr)
  • SO 487 Senior Research Seminar II (prereq: SO 486) (1 cr hr)

NOTE: So 499 Honors Thesis may be completed in place of the SO 486/SO 487 Senior Research Seminar sequence.

Select one course from the following:

SO 301 the Family and Gender Roles or SO 341 Self and Society

SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations or SO 329 Sociology of Racism

SO 326 Gender, Race, & Crime or SO 347 Urban Community

SO 345 Deviance and Social Control or SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

SO 331 Latin American Societies or SO 335 Global Society

SO 370 Select Topics in Social Work or SO 380 Select Topics in Sociology (with permission of Department Chair)

Internship (three hours to be applied toward major)

SO 484 (3 cr hr) or SO 485 (6 cr hr)

 

Psychology (30 hours)

SW 250 Psychological Inquiry

PS 202 Learning and Memory

PS 210 Research Methods/Statistics I

PS 211 Research Methods/Statistics II

PS 235 Biological Basis of Behavior

PS 310 Statistics in Psychology

PS 320 Life span Develomental Psychology

PS 350 Social Psychology

PS 440 Psychology of Personality

Select one Seminar or Thesis

PS 475 Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Psychology

PS 476 Advanced Seminar in Biopsychology

PS 477 Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology

PS 478 Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology

PS 479 Advanced Seminar in Applied Psychology

PS 499 Honor thesis

 

 

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