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Programs Offered

Criminology and Delinquency Minor

Criminology is the subfield of sociology that involves the study of crime and criminal behavior; juvenile delinquency refers to crime and criminality among adolescents. This minor is designed for students in majors such as social work, psychology, law and society, education and other fields who have interests and/or career goals in the areas of criminology, corrections, criminal or juvenile justice, criminal law, social policy or human services working with juveniles or within the correctional system.

Social Science Research Minor

This minor, which requires 15 credits of coursework in sociology, can be combined with majors outside the department. It is designed to provide students in social sciences and fields that use social science research methods (such as education, social work, business administration and communication arts) with research skills that are useful in a wide variety of job settings, including human services, education, media, marketing, politics, social action and health- related organizations.

Social Work, Pre-Professional Practice Minor

The social work minor offers students in related majors (such as sociology, psychology, law and society and education) an introduction to the methods and theory of social work practice. It enhances students’ understanding of human behavior and social policy, and teaches intervention strategies designed to enhance functioning of individuals, families, groups and communities.

Sociology Minor

The sociology minor offers students a systematic introduction to the theoretical and methodological bases of the discipline and, at the same time, contributes to their ability to look at human problems and the human condition analytically; to understand important features of the society in which they live; and to think and communicate logically and clearly.

Sociology Major, B.A.

Sociology is the study of social life and the social forces that shape human experience. Students who major in sociology are prepared for a wide range of careers in areas such as social action, social research, human services and administration in government agencies, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and social agencies. Many sociology majors continue their education and pursue professions such as city and community planning, research, politics, social policy, administration, criminology, law, social work and higher education.

Social Work Major, B.A.

The social work program is accredited for undergraduate social work education by the Council on Social Work Education. The social work major, based on a foundation in the liberal arts, provides professional preparation for employment in social work, social services and other fields of human service. Graduates are prepared for generalist social work practice, useful in a variety of practice settings, including child welfare, corrections, services to older adults, community organization, mental health, family services and health services.