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Sociology  

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.
Instructor
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.

 

 

Criminology Major

The criminology major exposes students to the sociological perspective through study of the methodology of the field, basic theoretical paradigms, as well as the study of socialization, culture, deviance and conformity, social organization and societal development, complex organizations and the principles of stratification and other forms of social inequality. In addition, students study the social problem of crime and deviance within the context of other social problems, e.g., family dysfunction, poverty, education, racism, gender issues, and the sociology of work and occupations. Courses that concentrate on crime and delinquency are concerned with:

  • The study of behaviors defined as criminally deviant in both American society and other developed and developing societies

  • The traditional and contemporary theoretical explanations of both the process of defining criminal behavior and the social and interpersonal decisions and circumstances related to engaging in criminalized deviant behavior.

Students study the methodology of social research used in the study of these forms of deviance including secondary data analysis and empirical research construction and design. A course in parametric and nonparametric statistics provides students with additional analytic tools for use in collecting and studying aggregate as well as individual level data on crime and delinquency.

Students are able to use internship opportunities to experience and participate in the activities of an organization or agency whose activities relate to the application of the program content. Internship opportunities can be either in a local organization or agency or in association with an off-campus experience such as the Washington Center or the Philadelphia Center. The senior seminar provides students a capstone course integrating the various components of the program and incorporating the opportunity to complete a major empirical study of some facet of crime and delinquency of interest to them.

Requirements

All of the following core requirements:
  • 101: Introduction to Sociology (fulfills general studies social science course)
  • 210: Research Methods
  • 211: Statistics (fulfills general studies quantitative reasoning course)
  • 213: Social Theory
  • 490: Senior Seminar
Additional required specialized criminology courses:
  • 251: Crime & Deviance
  • 202: The Criminal Justice System
  • 382/482: internship, travel abroad course, or a 300 level or above approved substitution
Two of the following general courses:
  • ANT101: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • 201: Social Problems
  • 230: Cultural Sociology
  • 231: Cults & New Religious Movements
  • 262: Social Stratification.
Four of the following specialized intermediate courses:
  • 253 Criminal Investigation and SOC 254 Advanced Criminal Investigation (must take both courses to satisfy one of the requirements from this list)
  • 302: Juvenile Delinquency
  • 305: Terrorism
  • SOC/LAS 307: Organized Crime
  • 309: Crim. Corrections
  • ANT310: Crime, Culture, Conflict Resolution
  • 311: Domestic Violence
  • 360: Crime and the Media
  • 385: Violence & Victims
One of the following advanced application courses:
  • 440: Ethnographies in Crime and Deviance
  • 450: White-Collar Crime
  • 460: Serial Murder

Travel Abroad courses are also encouraged as electives.

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Combining Criminology with Other Majors

Requirements:

All of the following core requirements:
  • 101: Introduction to Sociology (fulfills general studies social science course)
  • 210: Research Methods
  • 211: Statistics (fulfills general studies quantitative reasoning course)
  • 213: Social Theory
  • 490: Senior Seminar
    Additional required specialized criminology course:
      • 251 Crime and Deviance
        One of the following intermediate specialized courses:
          • 253 Criminal Invest. and SOC254 Advanced Criminal Invest. (must take both courses)
          • 302: Juvenile Delinquency
          • 305: Terrorism
          • 307: Organized Crime
          • 309: Criminal Corrections
          • ANT310: Crime, Cult, and Conflict Resolution
          • 311: Domestic Violence
          • 360: Crime and the Media
          • 385: Violence & Victims
            One of the following advanced application courses:
              • 440: Ethnographies in Crime and Deviance
              • 450: White-Collar Crime
              • 460: Serial Murder

                Because this is a combined major there are relatively few topically based requirements. Therefore, It is strongly encouraged that criminology combined majors use their electives to take additional topical courses.

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