The sociology major provides a solid foundation for understanding human behavior and social processes. The Sociology Criminal Justice Track emphasizes research and theory on social deviance and the criminal justice system. Students take a range of courses including: crime and delinquency, terrorism, law enforcement and corrections, juvenile delinquency, race and ethnic relations, gender and family, and community studies. Students gain valuable hands-on field experience as part of a coordinated professional internship practicum, and opportunities exist for students interested in performing their own research. Graduates of the sociology criminal justice track go on to work in a variety of occupations in local, state, and federal law enforcement, natural resource officers, and all branches of military service. Many graduates use this degree track for promotion in current law enforcement careers, as well as a pathway to police academy training or application to law school.
Degree programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts and its departments share a common core of courses. Students in these programs must complete the Basic Curriculum , and the major curriculum listed below, as well as a minor or second major and a complementary number of advisor-approved general electives.