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Course Descriptions - Sociology Course Concentration- Crime, Law and Deviance

Criminology and criminal justice are areas in which many people have career interests. Adding the Crime, Law, Deviance concentration to your degree program will assure that you have the background needed should you choose to continue on for a master’s degree in criminology or criminal justice or begin your career in these fields. Click here for an article about job growth in criminology and criminal justice.

The Crime, Law and Deviance concentration requires 15 credits.  A grade of C must be achieved in SOC 201, and the grades for all 15 credits must average a C.

Required courses – SOC 201; SOC 214; SOC 220; and SOC 314.

Elective courses – At least one of the following courses must be taken to complete the concentration:  SOC 208; and SOC 337.

* - Required courses for Crime, Law and Deviance concentration.

SOC 201 Social Inequality *
Structural analysis of social inequality within American society and the global community.  Emphasis on the causes, extent and social consequences of inequality, especially those based on race, gender, social class and the level of economic development. (Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts and Institutions and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements.) Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission. Cr. 3

SOC 208 Problems of Violence and Terrorism
The nature and causes of revolutionary and government-sponsored international terrorism. The future of terrorism and how to cope with it. The institutionalization of terrorism in pre-modern and contemporary totalitarian states. The social causes of war and social conflict. Social preconditions for the maintenance of a sustainable peace. An examination of the nature of human aggression. (Satisfies the General Education Human Values and Social Context/Social Contexts and Institutions, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements.) Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission. Cr. 3

SOC 214 Crime and Criminal Justice *
The causes, extent and nature of crime in American society and the operation of the criminal justice system. Emphasis given to theories and dynamics of criminal behavior and to the efforts of police, courts and prisons to prevent and to control criminality. (Satisfies the General Education Human Values and Social Context/Social Contexts and Institutions Requirement.) Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission. Cr. 3

SOC 220 Deviance and Social Control *
The study of deviant behaviors, individuals and groups, with emphasis on social order, power and identity.  Use of the sociological perspective to explore definitions of deviance, processes by which individuals become labeled as deviant, the nature of deviant identifies and societal consequences of constructions of deviance. (Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts and Institutions Requirement.) Cr. 3

SOC 314 Law and Society *
Presents a sociological perspective on law and the legal system in the United States. Topics include problems in defining law, sociological theories of the origins and consequences of law, the relation between law and social change, studies of the legal profession and legal discretion in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: SOC 101 and either SOC 213, SOC 214, or POS 100, or permission. Cr. 3

SOC 337 Sociology of Mental Illness
Examination of the sociological concepts of mental illness. Analysis of the relationship between mental illness and the sociological factors responsible for these disorders. Cross-cultural examination of mental illness. The nature and structure of mental care institutions. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Sociology, or SOC 101 and PSY 100, or permission. Cr. 3


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