Assistant Professor Brian Jennings, Ph.D., Chair
Associate Professors
Charles Brown, Ph.D., Kennon Rice, Ph.D. and Barty Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.
Carla Abodalo, M.A.
Lecturers Michael Foltz, M.P.A., Teri Jensen-Sellers, M.A., Scott Lash, J.D., Adrienne Lodge, M.S., Brandy Neider, M.P.A.


Crime and Justice Interdisciplinary Major

The crime and justice interdisciplinary major (sociology, political science and psychology) focuses on the sociological, psychological and legal/political analysis of criminal deviance and society's responses to it. Students in this program pursue a curriculum which includes sociological and legal/political perspectives on crime, criminal deviance, juvenile delinquency, victimization, criminal law and legal sanctions, and the political/legal aspects of criminal codes within both the United States and in the global community. The courses in the curriculum provide students with a broad-based understanding of the traditional and contemporary theoretical explanations of criminal behavior, the current patterns related to the incidence and prevalence of crime and victimization in contemporary society; the methodological and statistical techniques used to measure and analyze criminal deviance; and the implications and ramifications of criminal deviance for society in general and for its individual members.


  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    (required general studies social science course)
  • Any one of the following:
    - SOC 201 Social Problems
    - SOC 202 The Criminal Justice System
    - SOC 230 Cultural Sociology
    - SOC 231 Cults and New Religious Movements
    - SOC 262 Social Stratification and Structured Inequality
    - ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 210 Research Methods
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills general studies quantitative reasoning requirement)
  • SOC 213 Social Theory
  • SOC 251 Crime and Deviance
  • Any three of the following:
    - SOC 253 Criminal Investigation and SOC 254 Advanced Criminal Investigation (must take both courses)
    - ANT 310 Crime, Culture and Conflict Resolution
    - SOC 302 Juvenile Delinquency
    - SOC 305 Terrorism
    - SOC 307 Organized Crime
    - SOC 309 Criminal Corrections
    - SOC 311 Domestic Violence
    - SOC 360 Crime & the Media 
    - SOC 385 Violence & Victims
  • One of the following:
    - SOC 440 Ethnographics in Crime   
    - SOC 450 White Collar Crime  
    - SOC 460 Serial Murder
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar
  • POL 101 American Government (required general studies social science course)
  • POL 400-level Senior Seminar in Political Science
  • Two of the following:
    - POL 214 Public Policy
    - POL 216 Law & Society
    - POL 231/331 Criminal Law
    - POL 302 Public Administration
    - POL 310 Metropolitan Politics
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • Two of the following:
    - PSY 206 Social Psychology
    - PSY 230 Theories of Development
    - PSY 250 Theories of Personality
    - PSY 390 Adult Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders
    - PSY 391 Child Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders
  • POL 205 Comparative Politics or PSY 291 Cross Cultural Psychology