Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduates in the Department have the choice of two Bachelor of Arts degree programs: Criminology & Justice Studies, and Sociology. Our students develop a thorough understanding of the complex social issues we face today.  Students learn vital skills in critical thinking, writing, research, and communication, which can translate into many career paths and are essential to success in the marketplace today.


The Criminology and Justice Studies program explores the nature and causes of crime and delinquency.  Our majors analyze criminal and juvenile justice processes and problems and investigate approaches to the solution of these problems.  Sociology majors systematically investigate the “why” and “how” of human behavior to better understand contemporary social problems and realities, such as income inequality, racism, poverty, gender discrimination, and environmental degradation.


A wide selection of interesting and challenging classes are regularly offered in both degree programs, and range in size from small-group seminars to lecture-based courses. Both programs offer opportunities to gain ‘hands on’ experience or engage in research through Internship, Individual Investigation, and/or Senior Honors Thesis courses (for students in the Honors College).  Students may choose to learn from both programs, and the process for double-majoring or majoring/minoring in both has been streamlined to improve the ease of doing so.


The Department’s Undergraduate Advising Center, housed in Merrill Hall, is available to guide students into selecting the best courses to fit their individual goals and to help them as they progress towards graduation.