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Crime and Justice

The option is designed to provide students with the ability to apply social science concepts and approaches to better understand and analyze relationships between crime, justice, and public policy from a sociological perspective.  This option has particular relevance for sociology students aspiring to careers in criminal justice, law, or social services, as well as those preparing for advanced/graduate programs in criminology, criminal justice, or public policy.  Academic internships are available in local criminal justice and social service agencies, offering a unique combination of scholarly analysis and practical experience for students seeking careers in fields such as law, policing, corrections, and social work.

Courses (total must add up to at least 27 credits – Sociology upper division electives are 4 credits beginning Fall, 2007, unless otherwise noted).

Required for all:
SOC 241    Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)

3 of the following 4 courses are required:
SOC 340    Deviant Behavior and Social Control
SOC 440    Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 441    Criminology and Penology
SOC 442    Sociology of Drug Use and Abuse

Elective Courses:
SOC 206    Social Problems (3)
SOC 299    Sociology of Mental Illness (3)
SOC 448    Law and Society (3)
SOC 426    Social Inequality
SOC 430    Gender and Society
SOC 437    Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 444    Law and Order: Special Topics in Crime and Justice (proposed new course)
SOC 470    Collective Behavior and Social Movements
SOC 499    Special Topics (as approved)
SOC 410    1 to 4 credits of Internship Experience