Sociology is the systematic study of the social behavior of individuals as well as the working of social groups, organizations, cultures, and societies. Study in sociology provides a scientific perspective for studying the effects of cultural and social forces on individuals, groups, and institutions.
Students who major in sociology are given the opportunity to study in the field of family and gender relations, gerontology, crime, and delinquency, as well as sociological theory, research methodology, and statistics. Graduates are prepared for positions in industry, government, private and public agencies, and in education and research organizations.
Sociology is an especially appropriate major or minor for students entering any of the helping professions. For those who wish to become professional sociologists, preparation for graduate school is available.
Students selecting the Social Work major typically desire positions in institutions, which include private, public, and nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to diverse groups in our society. Graduates are prepared for positions in industry, government, private practice, public systems, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions, and research organizations. Students will study issues related to the human condition and the consequences of problems related to crime, poverty, alcoholism, child abuse, and discrimination.
The curriculum includes required and elective courses, advising, and supervised field experience in one or more human service agencies. Graduates also will have the choice of pursuing advanced study in Social Work and other fields such as administration, counseling, psychology, criminal justice, and sociology.
The mission of the Criminal Justice major is to advance theory, practice, and cause of criminal justice through scholarship, teaching, training, and technical assistance in responding to the needs of students, criminal justice professionals, and society. There is a fundamental distinction in the needs of the students who may excel or have diverse interests that are reflected within the context of each degree:
The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice emphasizes language, literature, history, and humanities. These are valued and important qualities in a program in criminal justice especially for students wishing to specialize in areas of criminal justice that are less technical and less scientific. The BA allows them to develop expertise in communication, administration, public policy, and language transmission and translation.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice involves a greater emphasis on technical and scientific knowledge and promotes the potential to enter scientific fields associated with criminology and criminal justice professions. This degree is beneficial to students interested in life sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, computer sciences, and math and engineering.