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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

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The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice administers separate undergraduate programs in Sociology and in Criminal Justice.


Sociology is the study of social organizations, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior in the modern world. The Sociology major offers a liberal arts curriculum that integrates theory and methods with courses focusing on contemporary social problems. The major provides students with the foundational skills for analyzing and understanding the most pressing issues we face as a society, including inequality and social justice, deviance and crime, health and wellbeing, disasters and the environment, and law. Sociology teaches a distinctive way of looking at society and offers unique insight into social behavior. Students changing to the Sociology major from other programs at UD must have a GPA of 2.0 or better.

The major offers students a number of opportunities for experiential learning including undergraduate research, study abroad, and field experience in professional settings. The department currently offers specialized concentrations in three areas: Emergency and Environmental Management, Health and Health Services, and Law and Society.

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major program is structured around a core of criminal justice courses on such topics as law enforcement, the judicial process, juvenile justice, corrections, and the criminal law. The Criminal Justice curriculum includes courses in sociology, political science, psychology, and at least one foreign language. Junior and senior majors have the opportunity to be placed in a field experience with a criminal justice-related organization.

Students may become Criminal Justice majors in one of two ways. First, any incoming freshman or transfer student may choose Criminal Justice as a major. These students are expected to demonstrate both the ability and the commitment to perform well in all of their course work. Those who do not should meet with their advisor to discuss ways to improve their study skills and/or the possibility of selecting another major. Second, matriculated students who have already declared another major or who presently are undeclared may transfer into the Criminal Justice major if their overall cumulative average at the University of Delaware is at least 2.0.

Double Major: Students may choose to combine their academic and professional interests in complementary fields by fulfilling requirements for two majors such as criminal justice and English (for a career in journalism), criminal justice and chemistry (for a career in forensic science), criminal justice and political science (for a career in court administration), criminal justice and psychology (for a career in corrections), or criminal justice and sociology (for a career in social work or related fields). These are just a few examples. With appropriate planning and advisement, a Criminal Justice major can complete a second major in almost any subject, especially within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Residency Requirement. At least 15 credits of courses applicable to the Criminal Justice major (courses with a CRJU prefix) must be taken at the University of Delaware.


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