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Sociology: Social and Criminal Justice

Program Overview

If you have a passion for community-based justice, a major in sociology with a concentration in social and criminal justice is for you. You’ll immerse yourself in the study of corrections and criminology and prepare for a rewarding career at the intersection of social justice and criminal reform.


Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
On Campus
Credit Hours
42 Credit Hours

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Our program focuses on understanding criminal justice in the broader context of social justice. You’ll explore all sides of the issue — from offender rehabilitation to meeting victims' needs to conflict resolution and security.

You’ll dive deep into the study of criminology; alternative sentencing; inequalities; juvenile delinquency; victimology; government and corporate crime; and policing. Beyond the classroom, you’ll get real-world experience through internships with social-service agencies and justice advocates.

Our graduates go on to fulfilling work with homeless youth, incarcerated fathers and their children and other marginalized communities. Others go on to scholarly work on pressing topics like the link between adolescent substance use and violent behavior.

Program Highlights

As a sociology student with a concentration in social and criminal justice, you can:

  • Tailor your education by choosing electives such as Social Issues through the Prism of a Prison; Government and Corporate Crime; Victimology; and Police and Community Relations.
  • Make friends and connections by joining the Justice Society, the international sociology honor society, or another of our many registered student organizations.
  • Apply for scholarships designed specifically for students of sociology or anthropology.

Careers & Outcomes

A sociology major with a concentration in social and criminal justice is excellent preparation for graduate study in law, criminal justice, sociology and related fields. It also prepares you for a career in probation, parole, alternative sentencing and diversion programs, community mediation and social and human services.

Career Projected Salary
Social Science Researcher $55,076
Child/Family/School/General Social Worker $50,820
College Professor/Instructor $80,840
Social and Community Service Manager $74,240
Community Relations Director $58,212
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