SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (SOCI)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
O’Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC) 431, (651) 962-5630
Waldner (chair), Gladney (Law Enforcement Education Coordinator), Karraker, Kinney, Smith; Bruton, Caldie, Davis, Goldstein, Maddox, Plesha, Schuth

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/sociology/

Sociology is the scientific study of society and social relations. A major in sociology provides knowledge and skills applicable to careers in business, education, government, law, public health, public policy, and social service. Additionally, an undergraduate degree prepares students for graduate study in sociology and other closely related fields.

Students who graduate with a major in sociology will understand the methodological and theoretical foundations of sociology and possess skills to apply this knowledge in a practical way. They will have the opportunity to specialize in crime and criminology, family and the life course, inequalities and stratification, and work and organizations. We also offer courses with comparative perspectives on global issues such as crime, gender, and religion. The sociology curriculum reflects the breadth of the discipline, its place in the liberal arts tradition, and the application of sociological theories and methods to the critical issues and problems facing societies today.

Students who graduate with a major in criminal justice will know the main components of the criminal and juvenile justice systems and will know the basics of criminal law and criminal procedure in the U.S. justice system. They will have the tools to understand the long standing and current dilemmas faced by society in trying to develop and maintain an effective and just criminal justice system. They will be prepared for employment in the field of criminal justice, including corrections or law enforcement.

Sociology and criminal justice majors pursue graduate and professional degrees in sociology and criminology, as well as business, law, public health, public policy, social work, and other fields. The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department and faculty also provide intensive support for students who wish to engage in individual research and preparation for graduate and professional school, as well as internships and career development.

A sociology major or minor is a strong complement to studies in American culture and difference, business administration (especially human resources, management, marketing), Catholic studies, family studies, international studies, communication and journalism, geography, justice and peace studies, legal studies, political science, psychology, social sciences, social work, urban studies, and women’s studies.

Sociology majors and minors are encouraged to take advantage of HECUA, study abroad, and other special learning opportunities. Specific courses may substitute for St. Thomas requirements. Students should consult with their academic adviser, the department chair, or a study abroad advisor in the International Education Center for program options. Also, see Academic Information & Programs in the front section of this catalog for more information.

Students majoring in sociology or criminal justice must take a minimum of 16 credits in sociology from St. Thomas. Sociology and criminal justice minors need a minimum of 8 sociology credits from St. Thomas.

Sociology Honor Society

The Iota Chapter of Minnesota of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society, was chartered at the University of St. Thomas in 1991. The purpose of the society is to promote an interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. Membership is open to juniors and seniors who have completed at least sixteen credits in sociology registered through the university, who are officially declared majors or minors in sociology, criminal justice, the sociology concentration of social science, or social studies and who have a minimum overall grade point average in the top 35th of their class and who have maintained a 3.0 grade point average in sociology courses taken at the University of St. Thomas.

Major in Sociology

Sociology - Major Field Guide

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 210 Research Methods in Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 220 Sociological Analysis (4 credits)
  • SOCI 350 Social Inequality: Privilege and Power (4 credits)
  • SOCI 370 Sociological Theory (4 credits)
  • SOCI 474 Seminar in Sociology (4 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • SOCI 365 Social Psychology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 366 Self and Society (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Twelve additional credits in Sociology (eight of which must be 300-level or higher) 

Strongly recommended:

It is recommended that students take the following courses in this order:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits) (or adequate substitute) in the first year
  • SOCI 210 Research Methods in Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 220 Sociological Analysis (4 credits) 

Finally, we recommend that students begin the SOCI 210/220 sequence during their sophomore year. This sequence must be completed by the end of the junior year. Students who have a double major in sociology and psychology and complete SOCI 210, PSYC 212, and STAT 220 may contact the department chair to waive SOCI 220.

Major in Criminal Justice

The program in criminal justice provides students with an understanding of the entire criminal justice system while at the same time allowing them to take specific courses in an area of special interest.

The program emphasizes the interrelationships among the various components of the criminal justice system (e.g., law enforcement, prosecution, courts and corrections) and examines how they deal with adult offenders and juvenile delinquents.

The major reflects the interdisciplinary nature of criminal justice. It provides a concentration of courses which prepares students for careers in such areas as policing, private security, probation, parole and corrections. It also prepares students for advanced study in criminology, criminal justice and law.

The criminal justice program at St. Thomas, in conjunction with Alexandria Technical College and Hibbing Community College, is certified by the Board of Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training to prepare students for the peace officer licensing examination. Students who intend to take this examination must also complete SOCI 251 and PSYC 111. Please see the department’s Law Enforcement Education Coordinator for more information on POST.

Criminal Justice - Major Field Guide

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 200 Introduction to Criminal and Juvenile Justice (4 credits)
  • SOCI 210 Research Methods in Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 220 Sociological Analysis (4 credits)
  • SOCI 312 Crime and Delinquency (4 credits)
  • SOCI 344 Police and Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 346 Corrections in America: Prisons, Probation and Parole (4 credits)
  • SOCI 480 Seminar in Criminal Justice (4 credits)

Plus:

  • CJUS 342 Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • CJUS 345 Police Operations (4 credits)
  • CJUS 347 Correctional Practice and Administration (4 credits)
  • POLS 312 Judicial Process (4 credits)
  • POLS 314 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following(if not taken above):

  • SOCI 130 Homicide (4 credits)
  • SOCI 251 Race and Ethnicity (4 credits)
  • SOCI 405 Internship in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • SOCI 498 Individualized Study (4 credits) (for in-career students only)
  • IDSC 291 Anatomy of Violence (4 credits)
  • PSYC 207 Alcohol, Other Drugs and Behavior (4 credits)
  • PSYC 301 Psychopathology (4 credits)
  • POLS 314 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (4 credits) 

Strongly recommended:

  • SOCI 251 Race and Ethnicity (4 credits)

In addition, it is recommended that students take the following courses in this order:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits) (or adequate substitute) in the first year
  • SOCI 210 Research Methods in Sociology (4 credits) in first semester sophomore year
  • SOCI 220 Sociological Analysis (4 credits) in second semester sophomore year

Note: Students with a double major in sociology and psychology who have completed SOCI 210, PSYC 212 and STAT 220 may contact the department chair to waive SOCI 220.

Note: Students choosing to double major in sociology and criminal justice are limited to five courses that can be applied to both majors. Only the following courses may count toward requirements in both majors: SOCI 100, 210, 220 and two of the following 312, 344, 346.

Teacher Licensure

Elementary Education with a Specialty in Social Studies (5-8)
Co-major in Social Studies (5-12) and a Co-major in Secondary Education

See Education

Minor in Sociology

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits) 

Plus at least four credits from the following:

  • SOCI 210 Research Methods in Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 350 Social Inequality: Privilege and Power (4 credits)
  • SOCI 365 Social Psychology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 366 Self and Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 370 Sociological Theory (4 credits)

Plus twelve additional credits from the list above or below:

  • SOCI 110 Social Problems (4 credits)
  • SOCI 130 Homicide (4 credits)
  • SOCI 220 Sociological Analysis (4 credits)
  • SOCI 251 Race and Ethnicity (4 credits)
  • SOCI 304 Adolescence in Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 312 Crime and Delinquency (4 credits)
  • SOCI 321 Marriages and Families (4 credits)
  • SOCI 330 Religion and Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 332 Urban Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 341 Work, Organizations, and Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 344 Police and Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 346 Corrections in America: Prisons, Probation and Parole (4 credits)
  • SOCI 353 Global Perspectives on Gender (4 credits)
  • SOCI 354 Sex in Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 380 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Religion in Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 474 Seminar is Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 498 Individual Study (4 credits)

Minor in Criminal Justice

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • SOCI 312 Crime and Delinquency (4 credits) 

Plus eight credits from the following, at least four of which must be in sociology:

  • CJUS 342 Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (4 credits)
  • CJUS 345 Police Operations (4 credits)
  • CJUS 347 Correctional Practice and Administration (4 credits)
  • POLS 312 Judicial Process (4 credits)
  • POLS 314 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (4 credits)
  • SOCI 130 Homicide (4 credits)
  • SOCI 344 Police and Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 346 Corrections in America: Prisons, Probation and Parole (4 credits)

Note: Students wishing to combine a major in either Sociology or Criminal Justice with a minor in the other field may do so. However, the major and minor may not have more than eight credits or two courses in common. Non-majors can also earn a minor in Sociology and minor in Criminal Justice. However, the two minors many not have more than eight credits in common.

Course Number Title Credits
SOCI  100 Intro to Sociology 4
SOCI  110 Social Problems 4
SOCI  130 Homicide 4
SOCI  200 Intro to Criminal Justice 4
SOCI  210 Research Methods in Soc 4
SOCI  220 Sociological Analysis 4
SOCI  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
SOCI  251 Race and Ethnicity 4
SOCI  269 Research 2 OR 4
SOCI  297 Topics 4
SOCI  298 Topics 4
SOCI  301 General Anthropology 4
SOCI  304 Adolescence in Society 4
SOCI  312 Crime and Delinquency 4
SOCI  321 Marriages and Families 4
SOCI  330 Religion in American Society 4
SOCI  332 Urban Sociology 4
SOCI  341 Work and Occupations 4
SOCI  344 Police and Society 4
SOCI  346 Corrections in America 4
SOCI  350 Social Inequality:Priv & Power 4
SOCI  353 Global Perspectives on Gender 4
SOCI  354 Sex in Society 4
SOCI  365 Social Psychology 4
SOCI  366 Self and Society 4
SOCI  370 Sociological Theories 4
SOCI  380 Cross-Cult Persp on Rel in Soc 4
SOCI  389 Research 2 OR 4
SOCI  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
SOCI  398 Topics 0 TO 4
SOCI  405 Internship in Criminal Justice 4
SOCI  474 Seminar in Sociology 4
SOCI  478 Experiential Learning 4
SOCI  480 Seminar in Criminal Justice 4
SOCI  489 Topics 4
SOCI  490 Topics 4
SOCI  491 Individual Research 2 OR 4
SOCI  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4
Course Number Title Credits
CJUS  342 Criminal Law and Procedure 4
CJUS  345 Police Operations 4
CJUS  347 Correctional Practice 4