The Sociology Department seeks to enhance one’s understanding of human societies, including such aspects as social institutions, cultures, social problems and social change.
Students who desire to study the criminal justice system or the social service field may pursue a bachelor of arts degree with a major in either criminal justice or sociology. Students who major in criminal justice will be prepared for careers in the criminal justice field as well as for entry into graduate programs in criminal justice. Students who study sociology will be prepared for careers in the social service field as well as for graduate study in sociology.
Students who choose criminal justice as a major for the bachelor of arts degree complete CJ 105, 111, 112, 345, 346, 381, 382, 495; PS 111; SW 236; and two courses from PS 342, 346, 455, 456, 466, PY 211, 215, 351, 461, SO 321, 333, and 413. The following specific core requirements will be necessary in order to fulfill prerequisites to courses required in the major: PY 111 and SO 111.
The minor in criminal justice requires CJ 105, 111, 112, 345, 346; and seven additional hours from PS 111, 342, 346, 455, 456, 466, PY 211, 215, 351, 461, SO 321, 333, 413, and SW 236.
Students who choose sociology as a major for the bachelor of arts degree complete SO 111, 381, 382, 481, 485, 490 or 495; and 21 additional hours in sociology, which may include HS/PS 342, PY 321 and SW 236. Sociology majors may not count SO 141 toward the core social science requirement.
The minor in sociology requires SO 111, 485; and 16 additional hours in sociology.
For information about requirements for Indiana teacher licensing in sociology, refer to the section on social studies teacher licensing.
Urban Studies Minor
Students who choose urban studies as a minor complete 24 hours of study, including SO 111, 321, 351, 413, and 12 hours from CJ/SO 345, MI 233CO, 233UM, 321, 376, 377, PY 461, SO 333, 421, 495, and SW 236.
Cyber Security Minor and Cyber Security Management Minor
Students interested in adding a cyber security minor or a cyber security management minor may refer to the description in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Forensic Accounting Minor
Students interested in adding a forensic accounting minor may refer to the description in the Department of Business.
Forensic Science Minor
Students interested in adding a forensic science minor may refer to the description in the Department of Biology.
Courses in Criminal Justice