Sociology/Criminal Justice (4-year Program)

The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice as a four-year program at Averett University requires courses in Sociology and in Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice is a growth area in the contemporary job market.  Averett's program allows students to prepare themselves for entry into any of hundreds of criminal justice occupations available today.  The curriculum provides an excellent background for becoming a lawyer, police officer, crime scene investigator, probation and parole officer, or special agent for the F.B.I. and other agencies.  The curriculum in Criminal Justice offers the opportunity to examine the areas of criminal law, prisons, court processes and procedures, the Constitution, and police procedures.  An internship in one of the criminal justice agencies or departments allows students to experience for themselves what professionals do in these occupations.

Requirements for a Major in Sociology/Criminal Justice (4-year Program)

In addition to the general education requirements, the following courses are required:

  Semester Hours
CRJ 301, Criminal Justice or SOC 216, Criminology 3
CRJ 387, Criminal Law 3
MTH 160, Introduction to Statistics 3
SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 470, Research Methods 3
Sociology or Criminal Justice electives 21
Total 36

A Sociology or Criminal Justice Research Project is required.  This is a substantial research paper involving original research.  CRJ 440, CRJ 445, CRJ 488 or SOC 445 will meet these requirements.  Also, an independent study with guidance by a full-time department faculty member with the goal of producing an original quantitative or qualitative research paper will meet this requirement.

Sample Four-Year Course Sequence for Sociology/Criminal Justice (4-year Program)

Freshman Year: Junior Year:
SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology CRJ 387, Criminal Law
Sociology Elective SOC or CRJ Elective
  SOC or CRJ Elective
Sophomore Year: Senior Year:
MTH 160, Introduction to Statistics SOC or CRJ Elective
CRJ 301, Criminal Justice or SOC or CRJ Elective
SOC 216, Criminology SOC or CRJ Elective
SOC or CRJ Elective SOC 470, Research Methods
SOC or CRJ Elective