Double Major in Criminal Justice & Sociology

Double Major in Criminal Justice & Sociology

This cooperative venture between Criminal Justice and Sociology enables you to complete two majors before graduation. Completing both majors can serve you well in a number of ways. Sociology, as a second major on your graduation transcript, indicates breadth of knowledge in the investigation of social problems and issues. Given the social forces that affect crime and the work of police and probation officers, judges, and others in the criminal justice system, these additional knowledge and skills will enhance your employment opportunities in criminal justice. Students with a second major in sociology find they are more eligible for career advancement. Or, if you decide to pursue an MA or PhD in criminology or sociology, this combined major should facilitate admission into the many graduate programs that combine sociology and criminology, or even graduate work in public administration or law school.

The double major in criminal justice and sociology is relatively easy to accomplish. We urge you to declare them both as early as possible. Since courses in both areas fill up very quickly, you will receive preferential treatment through pre-registration as a major in each area.

Course Plan

Core Courses in Sociology (18 credits)

  • SOC 100 Introductory Sociology*
  • SOC 200 Statistics**
  • Choose one: must be taken at Brockport
    • SOC 210 Social Problems
    • SOC 220 Social Psychology
    • SOC 230 Social Institutions
    • SOC 240 Social Inequality
  • SOC 300 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 310 or CRJ 471 Research Methods
  • SOC 400 Capstone Career Seminar or SOC 410 Capstone Research Seminar

Sociology Electives (15 credits)

  • Choose one:
    • SOC/AAS 314 Black Family*
    • SOC 304 Urban Sociology*
    • SOC 328 Racial & Ethnic Relations*
  • One upper division 300/400 level course in Sociology*
  • CRJ 494 Criminology
  • Two additional elective courses

*Fulfills co-requisite for Criminal Justice
**The department requires all majors to complete a course in statistics. However, if you have received credit for another statistics course, the University will not allow you to take SOC 200. Those other statistics courses are BIO 431, ECN 204, HLS 488, MTH 243, PSH 202, and PLS 300. If you completed an equivalent statistics course, then you must take a sociology elective in its place.