Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

The Program

Sociology students find an active and supportive departmental culture that surrounds coursework in sociological theory, methods and current social issues. Department faculty members have a strong commitment to social justice that shapes course offerings and content. Students prepare themselves for sociology-related careers as well as graduate studies. Service learning is integrated into the curriculum through the social issues and action course that includes volunteering with local community-based organizations.

The Sociology Student Association creates additional opportunities for students to connect with each other, faculty and local community organizations. Because of the breadth, adaptability and practical applications of Sociology, students with a BA in Sociology choose to work in many different sectors: non-profit, private business, social services, education, health services, public relations, criminal justice and government.

For information about coursework in the major, see the major contract linked on this page.

Preparation

In high school take math, writing and social science courses (history, psychology, sociology).

 

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice Studies

The Program

Criminology and Justice Studies (CJS) students find an active and supportive departmental culture that surrounds coursework in criminological theory, methods, inequalities of crime and justice, law, policy & action. Faculty members teaching in this major come from multiple disciplines central to addressing current issues facing the U.S. systems of justice and law.

Students pursuing careers in traditional criminal justice fields such as law enforcement, probation and prisons will have a solid foundation to work and effect social change in these fields. Students should know that law enforcement agencies usually have extensive training programs on the specifics of work in their organization (investigation procedures, safety protocols). These employers are often looking for candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who can demonstrate the learning outcomes established for this CJS major.

Service learning is integrated into the curriculum through the inequalities and crime course. Internships are encouraged for the capstone experience.

CJS students may join the department-based Sociology Student Association or other department CJS student organizations such as Operation U-Turn. These provide additional opportunities for students to connect with each other, faculty and local community organizations.

Because of the breadth, adaptability and practical applications of a liberal arts degree in CJS, graduates choose to work in many different sectors: non-profit, private business, social services, education, health services, public relations, criminal justice and government, as well as graduate studies.

Preparation

In high school take math, writing and social science courses (history, psychology, sociology).

Current Students

Current students interested in the CJS major take knowledge based requirements and core classes that are currently being offered (such as STAT 108 or SOC 382).