The Sociology Program offers majors in criminal justice and sociology, as well as minors in criminal justice and sociology.
The criminal justice major is designed to meet the needs of students considering a career in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, law and the courts and corrections. The major has an interdisciplinary liberal arts focus, emphasizing social science knowledge as well as basic communication and intellectual skills. We offer courses that help students understand the structure and philosophy of the American criminal justice system including the dimensions and causes of crime and delinquency, theories of crime prevention and control, the history, nature and theories of law enforcement, the basis and operation of criminal courts, and the philosophies and practices of various correctional institutions and programs, including corrections in the community.
The criminal justice major has two tracks within it. The internship track requires students to have earned no grades in the major less than C, to have an overall grade point average in courses taken in the major of 2.6, and to complete the courses in the internship track listed below. The classroom track requires students to have a 2.25 grade point average in courses taken in the major and to complete the courses in the classroom track listed below.
Students successfully completing the major are expected to:1. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, philosophy and administration of the criminal justice system and its components of law enforcement, courts, and corrections.2. Describe and apply criminological theory to understand why individuals engage in crime, how criminals are created, and how policies connect to theoretical underpinnings.3. Utilize and evaluate appropriate research and analytical methods in criminal justice.4. Demonstrate the ability to develop and convey oral and written messages effectively in a professional manner.
4 credits of computer science including:
The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are:
NOTE: EACH MAJOR MAY HAVE SPECIFIC COURSE SEQUENCING REQUIREMENTS.FOR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, SEE "REQUIRED SUPPORT COURSES" WITHIN EACH MAJOR
For more information on General Education Requirement, click here.
For more information on the Distribution Component, click here.
Students must complete four GE1 courses: one from each of the four Distribution Areas outside of their major area of study.Students must take one GE2 course. The GE2 course chosen, must build upon a discipline taken at the GE1 level (e.g. PSY101 (S1) and PSY 221 (S2)).
Fine Arts (F1, F2)
Humanities (F1, F2)
Philosophy/Ethics/Religion (P1, P2)
Natural Sciences (N1, N2)
The Cross-Cultural Component is a five-course series through which students explore the study of culture:
Transfer students will register for CCS101 for one credit.
The Cultural Seminar, which is taken in the first semester, begins the exploration of culture through the study of one's own culture and a different culture. This course develops oral communication skills through critical reading and discussion.
The Writing Seminar is taken during the first or second semester, includes cross-cultural readings, and develops foundational writing skills.
The Cross-Cultural Designation course is taken after the Cultural and Writing Seminars. This course satisfies a Distribution requirement, continues development of writing skills, and includes significant cross-cultural themes as preparation for the Cross-Cultural Experience.
The Cross-Cultural Experience course is taken concurrently or after the Cross-Cultural Development course. In an off-campus setting, students apply knowledge learned in the previous three courses through interactions with cultures other than their own. (CCS300 for 2 credits, NCEP courses for 4 credits, or study abroad for 12+ credits)
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In the Global Perspectives Colloquium, advanced students (usually seniors) from multiple disciplines engage in critical reading and discussion. Students reflect on their distribution courses and cross-cultural experiences while also refining their writing skills.
The mission of the Sociology major is to prepare students to use sociological theory, methods and empirical evidence to critically examine the social world. Students will develop a sociological perspective grounded in social justice and sustainability. Primary to the mission of the major is the cultivation of a well-rounded understanding of the discipline of sociology that contributes to informed citizenship, lifelong learning, and an understanding of a diverse and changing social world.
There are two separate emphases in the Sociology program:
1. “Sociology of the Social World” (SSW) Emphasis MAJOR (10 courses—40 credit hours); the 4 core courses plus 6 elective courses in Sociology.
“Sociology of the Social World” Emphasis MINOR (5 courses—20 credit hours); SOC 101, SOC 308 or 311 plus 3 elective courses in Sociology .
2. “Sociology Of Sustainability” (SOS) Emphasis MAJOR (14 courses—56 credit hours); the 4 core courses plus the 7 required courses in SOS and 3 courses within a career pathway.
“Sociology Of Sustainability” Emphasis MINOR (6 courses—24 credit hours); see list of 6 required courses below.
Both emphases share these, and upon successful completion of major requirements students will be able to:1. Demonstrate an awareness of the scope and diversity of societal/cultural elements addressed by the field of sociology.2. Use and apply sociological concepts, research methods and theoretical perspectives to make sense of their world.3. Use the sociological imagination to recognize and describe how institutional patterns and social structural forces shape many aspects of individual life.
There are additional Learning Outcomes for the SOS emphasis, and upon successful completion of the Sociology of Sustainability emphasis students are expected to be able to:
1. Explain the scale and variety of major systems interconnections among people, planet, purposes and progress; and how social justice, ecological stewardship, and equitable prosperity relate to those systems as well as to Carroll’s four pillars.2. Demonstrate how to use and apply SOS concepts through community engagement and collaboration, organizational leadership and responsibility, and/or environmental advocacy and well-being.3. Integrate development for careers or graduate studies in sustainability with personal lifestyle and financial planning.
4 credits of computer science including Computer Science 107
In addition to the Core Courses, these 7 courses are required for the SOS emphasis:
An additional 3 elective courses from among the following are chosen with student advisor to round out student's "triple bottom line", or completion of one RECOMMENDED career pathway.
At least one of the courses must be from Environmental Science or Organizational Leadership:
SOC 103, 211, 212, or 213; or COM 207 or 241; or UWM-UN (adds 2 credits as it=6 credit double course);
or ENV 201, 252, 277, 292, 349 or 375; or LEA 190, 302, 375 or 390; or BUS 250 or 260.
Students will choose from the courses below plus 3 elective courses in Sociology to equal 20 credits.
See list of 6 required courses below:
The list below displays all the courses offered by the major: