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Consider a double major in Sociology and
Criminal Justice Studies


Download Checksheet for the University Core Curriculum

In addition to the departmental degree requirements, a minimum of 50 hours in the University Core Curriculum must be met.


Criminal Justice Studies Major

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Pre-Admission Requirements

All students, regardless of major are required to complete the University Core Curriculum.  As part of pre-CJS admission, students are required to successfully complete seven specific UCC courses within the UCC framework and receive a grade of "C" or better in each course. 

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Required UCC courses ~ 21 hours listed below (50 hours total for UCC)

Must complete with at least a grade of "C" in each course

  • ENG 101-Rhetoric and Composition I: Critical Thinking, 3 hrs.
  • CMST 101-Introduction to Pulbic Speaking, 3 hrs. /OR/
    CMST 107-Inroduction to Interpersonal Communication, 3 hrs.
  • MATH 108-Survey of Mathematics, 4 hrs. (OR higher)
  • PHIL 201-Introduction to Ethics, 3 hrs. /OR/
    PHIL 312-Ethics in the Professions, 3 hrs.
  • SOC 121-Principles of Sociology, 3 hrs.
  • POLS 102-Introduction to American Politics, 3 hrs.
  • ANTH 251-Peoples of Latin America, 3 hrs. /OR/
    ANTH 255-The Cultures of Asia, 3 hrs. /OR/
    CMST 317-Intercultual Communication, 3 hrs.

* NOTE:  SPAN 203 and SPAN 204 are strongly encouraged in place of humanities in the UCC.

39 Semester hours

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Required Pre-CJS Major Courses ~ 12 hours

Must complete with at least a grade of "C+" in each course

Apply to CJS Program once all above requirements are met and with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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Required CJS Major Courses ~ 15 hours

  • Theory & Capstone Courses (6 hours)
    • CRIM 371-Criminologyical Theory, 3 hrs.
    • CRIM 475-Analyzing CJ Issues with GIS, 3 hrs.

  • Research Sequence (6 hours)

Note: Students either take the Sociology Research Sequence or the Political Science sequence, but not a mix of both.

    Sociology Research Sequence

    • SOC 391-Introduction to Social Research, 3 hrs.
    • SOC 392-Statistics for Social Research, 3 hrs.

    Political Science Sequence

  • Diversity Course select one for 3 hours
    • CRIM 331-Gender & Crime, 3 hrs. /or/
      SOC 421-Race & Ethnicity, 3 hrs. /or/
      SOC 431-Gender & Society, 3 hrs. /or/
      SOC 463-Wealth & Poverty, 3 hrs. /or/
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Elective Courses ~ 12 hours (9 hours must be upper division)


Criminal Justice MinorDownload Checksheet for Minor in Criminal Justice

This minor will change soon to correspond with the major.

A minor is available in the field of criminal justice. It is intended for students interested in careers in criminal justice or as a supplement to their major. Nine hours of sociology courses in the minor also may count toward a sociology major.

24* Semester hours: 12 of these hours must be at the 300/400 level

*6 hours hours are now waived for all minor students: SOC121 and the Diversity Requirement do not have to be completed)

Required courses ~  9 hours

  • SOC 121-Principles of Sociology, 3 hrs. (This course is now waived for all students)
  • CRIM 141-Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 hrs. (Student may substitute CRIM244, CRIM234, or POLS208.)
  • SOC 225-Criminology, 3 hrs.

Elective courses ~ 12 hours from the following:

  • SOC 335-Juvenile Delinquency, 3 hrs.
  • ANTH 211-Forensic Anthropology, 3 hrs. (New course that counts in the minor)
  • SOC 426-Sociology of Deviant Behavior, 3 hrs.
  • CRIM 200-Special Topics in Criminal Justice, 3 hrs.
  • CRIM 244-Police & Society, 3 hrs.
  • CRIM 301-Criminal Justice Administration, 3 hrs.
  • CRIM 302-Criminal Law, 3 hrs.
  • CRIM 311-Convict Criminology, 3 hrs. (New course that counts in the minor)
  • CRIM 312-Organized Crime, 3 hrs. (New course that counts in the minor)
  • CRIM 331-Gender & Crime, 3 hrs. (New course that counts in the minor)
  • CRIM 370-Seminar in Criminal Justice, 3 hrs.
  • SOC 370-Seminar in Sociology: Hate Groups and Hate Crimes, 3 hrs.
  • SOC 370-Seminar in Sociology: Social Construction of Drugs, 3 hrs. (New course that counts in the minor)
  • SOC 370-Seminar in Sociology: Social Networks, 3 hrs. (New course that counts in the minor)
  • CRIM 401-Probation & Parole, 3 hrs.
  • CRIM 403-Violence Against Women, 3 hrs. (New course that counts in the minor)
  • CRIM 411-Criminal Enforcement Strategies: Evidentiary Problems, 3 hrs. (New course that counts in the minor)
  • CRIM 412-Criminal Enforcement Strategies: Discretion, 3 hrs. (New course that counts in the minor)
  • CRIM 489-Independent Study, 3 hrs.
  • CRIM 499-Internship, 3 hrs. (This course is no longer available for minor students.)
  • POLS 208-Law, Courts & Justice, 3 hrs.
  • POLS 405-Constitutional Law, 3 hrs.
  • POLS 406-Constitutional Rights, 3 hrs.

Three hours from the following: (The diversity requirement is now waived for all students.)