Oct 18, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology - Criminal Justice Concentration, BA/BS


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The Sociology Major


Students who major in Sociology have the option of pursuing the BA degree (language required) or the BS degree. This major provides students with 18 semester hours of a “core” that emphasizes training in theory and research methodology. Students then focus their studies in Criminal Justice or Sociology. The Criminal Justice concentration provides students with 30 hours in this field, including a practicum or field experience course. The Sociology concentration consists of 18 semester hours in sociological topics including SOCI 203: Deviant Behavior, and SOCI 408: Collective Behavior.

Majors are required to earn at least a “C” grade in all Sociology and Criminal Justice courses in their major program. After completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, Expository Writing and Argument and Research, students must take and successfully pass the Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination. Transfer students who completed their English Composition requirements must take the English Proficiency Examination during their first semester of enrollment at the University. To receive a BA/BS in Sociology, the student must successfully complete 120 semester hours.

Exceptions to, or substitutions for. The following major requirements are considered only through a formal process of departmental recommendations.

Criminal Justice Concentration


In order to earn a degree, a student must complete 120 hours. Of these, 40-41 are General Education Requirements and 6 are Institutional Requirements as follows:

Institutional Requirement (6 semester hours)


Note:


Transfer students not taking Freshman Seminar MUST SUBSTITUTE THREE (3) OTHER SEMESTER HOURS TO BE INCLUDED IN THEIR TOTAL OF 120 HOURS.

General Education Requirements (40-41 semester hours)


English Composition (6 semester hours)


Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) – One course in each of two disciplines


DISCIPLINE COURSES: Philosophy, Speech, Theatre, Art, Music (except workshops), Modern Languages, Interdisciplinary African-American Studies.

  • ____ ___ Arts/Humanities Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Arts/Humanities Elective 3 Credits

Social Science and Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours) – One course in each of two disciplines


Natural Science (7-8 semester hours) – Two science courses, at least one of which shall be a laboratory course


 DISCIPLINE COURSES: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science.

  • ____ ___ Science 4 Credits
  • ____ ___ Science 3-4 Credits

Mathematics (3 semester hours) – One course in mathematics at or above the level of college algebra


  •  ____ ___ Math 3 Credits

Technology (3 semester hours) – One course in technology


DISCIPLINE COURSES: Business Information Systems or Computer Science

Technology 3 Credits

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours)


Departmental advisement, chosen from any category within the General Education Course List

Courses numbered “100” or less in Communication Skills and in Mathematics are developmental courses and as such are not included in the 120 credit hour graduation requirement, and thus constitute additional semester hours beyond 120 hour requirement.

Total: 18


 Thirty additional hours are required for the Criminal Justice Concentration for a total of forty-eight hours.

General Electives: 25 or 26 Semester hours for Criminal Justice Concentration


Note:

ENGL 361 Technical and Report Writing or SOCI 201 Writing for the Social Sciences is strongly recommended. 

Additional Criminal Justice-related electives in other disciplines, such as Political Science, Social Work, and Psychology are highly recommended for students in the Criminal Justice Concentration.

Sample Program


Freshman Year


First Semester


Total: 15

Second Semester


Total: 16

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total: 15

Second Semester


  • SOCI 302 - Juvenile Delinquency 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Math Gen Ed 3 Credits
  •  

  • ____ ___ General Ed Free Elective 3 Credits or
  • ____ ___ Foreign Language 3 Credits
  •  

  • ____ ___ General Ed Free Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ General Elective 3 Credits
Total: 15

Junior Year


First Semester


  • SOCI 305 - Criminology 3 Credits
  • SOCI 314 - Stress & Stress Management 3 Credits
  • SOCI 315 - Victimization & Criminal Justice System 3 Credits
  •  

  • ____ ___ General Ed Free Elective 3 Credits or
  • ____ ___ Foreign Language 3 Credits
  •  

  • ____ ___ General Elective 3 Credits
Total: 15

Second Semester


Total: 15

Senior Year


First Semester


Total: 15

Second Semester


Total: 14

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