Dec 02, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies

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Sociology is the scientific study of society, including social behavior, groups, relationships, and institutions.  The subjects students can study within the major are diverse, including race and ethnicity, popular culture, gender and sexuality, crime and deviance, the environment and more.  The field of sociology helps illuminate the social causes and consequences of important issues from the personal to the global level.  The undergraduate degree provides strong preparation for a variety of business, social service, and governmental careers, and/or graduate school.  The program emphasizes practical and theoretical skills including: critical thinking about the social world, writing and communication skills, and community engagement.


Anthropology examines human diversity in a global context.  It is the study and understanding of humans in all places and throughout time, including the effects of culture on individuals and of individuals on their society.  Anthropology offers a perspective for critically analyzing culture and prepared students for multicultural career settings in the United States and abroad.  The anthropology program includes coursework from all three major subfields: archeology, physical anthropology, and cultural.

Criminal Justice Studies

Students interested in criminal justice studies (CJS) may elect a major or minor as part of the liberal arts program leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 12 hours of non-English modern or classical language.

Students will learn the basic four areas of the discipline: policing, law, corrections, and criminology in the introductory courses, and then will be able to specialize in their area of choice through upper division electives. 

Criminal Justice Studies is a multi-disciplinary major with contributions from the fields of sociology, political science, and anthropology.

Several of the required and elective courses in the criminal justice studies major are listed under their respective disciplines such as sociology and political science.

Criminal Justice Studies requires students to complete the pre-criminal justice requirements and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 before being accepted as criminal justice studies majors. Students must also maintain a 2.0 GPA in the CJS major.

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