Sociology and Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Program

Meet Our Sociology and Criminal Justice Faculty

Prepare for a wide range of law enforcement professions—or prepare for law school—with Averett University’s Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice. This interdisciplinary program allows students to explore the political, social, and economic factors that play into criminal behavior, along with psychology, law, the court system, and law enforcement administrative skills.

This program is available as a four-year, traditional bachelor’s degree or as a “2 + 2” bachelor’s completion program for those who already have an associate’s degree. Students may also opt to earn a degree in Aerospace Management and Criminal Justice to prepare for law enforcement professions where pilot skills are necessary.

Students pursuing any of our Criminal Justice concentrations complete a senior research project. This takes the form of a written thesis which includes a significant amount of original research. Internship opportunities are also available, offering you the chance to develop hands-on skills.

Graduates of this program should be equipped to pursue many different law enforcement roles at the local, state, or federal level.

Courses in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Major

Students in all three of the Criminal Justice degree programs at Averett take the following core courses:

  • Criminal Justice or Criminology
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Research Methods

Students pursuing the four-year Criminal Justice and Sociology degree take an additional seven elective courses. Those in the bachelor’s completion program take a further six electives, plus any upper-level general education courses they may need to complete a total of sixty credits.

Students pursuing the Aerospace Management/Criminal Justice degree take five electives, and also progress through aviation pilot courses designed to help them earn licensure as a commercial pilot with either a flight instructor rating or multi-engine rating. For more information about our aviation programs, please click here.

Minor in Sociology and Criminal Justice

Students who want to minor in Criminal Justice must complete six courses in the discipline and maintain a GPA of at least 2.0.

For full course listings related to the Criminal Justice and Sociology degree program, please see our course catalog. To read admissions requirements for this program, please click here.

For more information about Averett University and our Criminal Justice degree programs in Virginia, contact us or apply now and get started on your career today!