Major in Sociology

  • 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 should contact the department chair the semester before graduation 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 criminal justice and psychology who have completed SOCI 210, PSYC 212 and STAT 220 should contact the department chair the semester before graduation 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.

Law Enforcement Program

The Criminal Justice program at St. Thomas, in conjunction with Alexandria Technical 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. Additionally, students will need to have emergency first responder certification and take a non-credit report writing workshop. Please see the department’s Law Enforcement Education Coordinator, Dr. Tanya Gladney, glad1025@stthomas.edu for more information.  

Students wishing to pursue POST Certification should follow the major in Criminal Justice but make sure that elective choices include coursework required for POST.

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to ‌ (4 credits)
  • SOCI 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice  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 American:  Prison,Probation and Parole (4 credits)
  • SOCI 480  Senior Seminar
  • CJUS 342 Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (4 credits)
  • CJUS 345 Police Operations (4 credits)
  • SOCI  251 Race and Ethnicity (4 credits)
  • PSYC 111 General Psychology 
    Strongly recommended:
  • SOCI 405 Internship in Criminal Justice or SOCI 498 Individualized Study (4credits) (for in-career students only)

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

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

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

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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 220 Sociological Analysis (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 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 in 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.