Sociology and Criminology

Program Competencies

Students will develop:

  1. A working knowledge of the general concepts of sociological analysis, including exposure to selected substantive areas of sociology.
  2. Skills in sociological research, including research design, data analysis, report writing and computer literacy.
  3. Reasoning skills and writing abilities so that they can apply sociological principles to their occupational roles.
  4. The ability to understand themselves and their society from a general liberal arts tradition.


  1. Exit examination required of all majors
  2. Survey of graduates
  3. Senior seminar

The sociology program provides students with broad critical and analytical skills that can be applied on the individual, organizational and societal levels. Combined with other skills and courses, a sociology major can prepare for careers in human service, planning, personnel, public relations, college teaching and more.

Program Standards

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all required core courses in the sociology and criminology programs, including the sociology and criminology minors. To successfully complete the sociology and criminology programs, as well as the sociology and criminology minors, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.25 in all courses included in these respective programs.