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The Sociology Major — Concentration in Criminology

The Concentration in Criminology focuses on the nature and causes of crime, characteristics and behaviors of criminals and victims, how law enforcement agencies and criminal justice systems work, and how society reacts to crime, criminals, and victims. The Concentration in Criminology is ideal for students who plan to work in settings which require a strong background in crime or law, with skills associated with analyzing and interpreting data.

Required Courses for the Major in Sociology—Concentration in Criminology:
SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology
SOC 206, Social Problems
SOC 293, Social Research Methods
SOC 294, Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
SOC 307, Criminology
SOC 349, Classical Sociological Theory

Six Sociology Electives from the Following List:
SOC 311, Drugs & Society
SOC 317, Criminal Justice Systems
SOC 319, Juvenile Justice
SOC 337, Sociology of Punishment
SOC 345, Sociology of Deviance
SOC 366, Crime & Popular Culture
SOC 373, Sociology of Law
SOC 387, Race & Racism
SOC 482, Advanced Topics in Social Justice, Crime, and Law

Students majoring in sociology with a concentration in criminology are invited each year to submit term papers or sociological research projects (including Honors theses and Independent Study final papers) written within the current academic year for consideration for the Best Undergraduate Student Paper AwardDetails about eligibility and submission.

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