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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. 

For course descriptions, visit the online Class Search.

The Sociology & Criminology Combined Major

Sociology Core Requirements (18 cr hrs)

  • SW200-SO Understanding Society
  • S0205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • S0293 Social Statistics
  • S0391Social Theory Seminar (WAC; prereq: SW200-SO + two sociology courses; Junior standing)
  • S0393 Social Research Seminar (SW200-SO + one sociology course + S0293 Social Statistics OR other approved Statistics course; Junior standing)
  • S0486 Senior Research Seminar (SO 391W + S0393; Senior standing; 3 cr hr)

Note:  S0499 Honors Thesis can be completed in place of the S0486, Senior Research Seminar.

Sociology Area Requirements (21 hours)

At least one course from each of the following four areas (All 300 level courses require SW200-SO or permission; S0293, S0381, S0383, S0385 may not be taken to satisfy this requirement):

  • Culture and Community:
    • SO319 Mental Illness, Culture and Society
    • SO339 Violence, Media, and Culture
    • SO341 Self and Society
    • SO343 Popular Culture
    • SO347 Urban Community (SL)
    • SO354 Aging and the Life Course (SL)
  • Inequality and Social Change:
    • SO303 Political Behavior, Polity, and Society 
    • SO317 Gender and Society
    • SO323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • SO325 Class, Status, and Power
    • SO326 Gender, Race, and Crime
    • SO329 The Sociology of Racism
    • SO349 Social Movements    
  • Social Institutions:
    • SO301 Families and Society
    • SO311 Law and Society 
    • SO315 Film, Media, and Society 
    • SO351 Punishment and Society
    • SO352 Mental Illness & the Criminal Justice System
    • SO353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (SL)
    • SO356 Health and Society
  • Transnational Sociology:
    • SO331 Latin American Societies (SL)
    • SO333 European Societies
    • SO334 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: SO321 Crime and Society and S0345 Deviance and Social Control and three of the following:
    • S0311 Law and Society or S0351 Punishment and Society
    • S0326 Gender, Race, Crime
    • S0339 Violence, Media, Culture
    • S0353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Internship or Service Learning Course

Students are also expected to complete an internship (S0484, S0485) AND a service-learning (SL) course or second internship

The Sociology/Social Work & Criminology Combined Major

(54 cr hrs + Internship and SL Course)

I. Sociology Core Requirements (18 cr hrs)

  • SW200-SO Understanding Society
  • S0205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • S0293 Social Statistics
  • S0391Social Theory Seminar (WAC; Prereq.: SW200-SO + two sociology courses; Junior standing)
  • S0393 Social Research Seminar (SW200-SO + one sociology course + S0293 Social Statistics OR PS211; Junior standing)
  • S0486 Senior Research Seminar I (SO 391W + S0393; Senior standing; 3 cr hr)

Note:  S0499 Honors Thesis can be completed in place of the S0486 Senior Research Seminar

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 (12 hrs)

One course from each of the following four areas (All 300 level courses require SW200-SO or Permission)

  • Culture and Community:
    • SO319 Mental Illness, Culture and Society
    • SO339 Violence, Media, and Culture
    • SO341 Self and Society
    • SO343 Popular Culture
    • SO347 Urban Community (SL)
    • SO354 Aging and the Life Course (SL)
  • Inequality and Social ChangeSocio-Cultural Process and Integration:
    • SO303 Political Behavior, Policy, and Society
    • SO317 Gender and Society
    • SO323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • SO325 Class, Status, and Power
    • SO326 Gender, Race, and Crime
    • SO329 The Sociology of Racism
    • SO349 Social Movements

  • Social Institutions
    • S0301 Families and Society
    • SO311 Law and Society 
    • S0315 Film, Media, and Society
    • S0351 Punishment and Society
    • S0352 Mental Illness & the Criminal Justice System
    • S0353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (SL)
    • S0356 Health and Society
  • Transnational Sociology
    • S0331 Latin American Societies   
    • S0333 European Societies
    • SO334 Immigration
    • S0335 Global Society
    • S0355 International Crime

Criminology Area Requirements (15 hours)

NOTE: No course 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 S0345 Deviance and Social Control
  • AND three of the Following:
    • S0311 Law and Society or S0351 Punishment and Society
    • S0326 Gender, Race, Crime
    • S0339 Violence, Media, Culture
    • S0352 Mental Illness & the Criminal Justice System
    • S0353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (SL)

IV. Community Engagement

Students are also expected to complete an internship (S0484, S0485) AND a service-learning (SL) course or second internship.

 

Criminology & Psychology Combined Major

Sociology (30 hours)

Core Requirements (12 cr hrs)

  • SW200 SO Understanding Society
  • SO391 Social Theory Seminar (WAC; prereq:  SW200-SO, two sociology courses, Junior standing)
  • SO393 Social Research seminar (prereq:  SW200 SO, SO293 or PS211, one sociology course, Junior Standing)
  • SO486 Senior Research Seminar (SAC; prereq: SO391, SO393, Senior)

(Note:  SO499 honors Thesis may be completed in place of SO486.)

Required Courses (12 cr hrs)

  • Two required courses:
    • SO321 Crime and Society (prereq of SW200 SO and Junior standing)
    • SO345 Deviance and Social Control (prereq of SW200-SO and Sophomore standing)
  • Inequality-One from the following:
    • SO326 Gender, Race and Crime
    • SO323 Race and Ethnic Relations
    • SO317 Gender and Society
    • SO329 Sociology of Racism
  • Transnational-One from the following:
    • SO355 International Crime
    • SO331 Latin American Societies (SL)
    • SO334 Immigration

Criminology Electives (6 cr hrs)

  • SO311 Law and Society or SO351 Punishment and Society
  • SO326 Gender, Race, and Crime
  • SO339 Violence, Media, and Culture
  • SO352 Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
  • SO353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (SL)
  • SO355 International Crime

Community Engagement Requirement

Students must complete an internship (SO484, SO485) or a service-learning course (SL).

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 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 Specialization in Social Work/Social Policy and Psychology

Sociology (30 hours)
  • SW 200-SO Understanding Society
  • SO 205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO 381 Social Work and Social Policy
  • SO 383 Social Work Methods
  • SO 385 Practice Skills in Social Work
  • SO 391 Social Theory Seminar (WAC; prereq: SW 200SO, two sociology courses, Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Research Methods Seminar (prereq: SW 200SO, SO 293 or PS 211, one sociology course, Junior standing)
  • SO 486 Senior Research Seminar (SO 391W, SO 393, Senior standing) (3 cr. hrs.)

NOTE: SO 499 Honors Thesis may be completed in place of SO 486, Senior Research Seminar.

  • 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 Head)

Community Engagement (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 Basis 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

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.