Sociology: Criminal Justice

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Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Since all human behavior is social, sociology topics cover an immensely broad range, including the causes and prevention of crime and juvenile delinquency, the development of sex roles, economic systems, educational systems, social inequality, effects of the environment on human behavior and social organization, the consequences of different patterns of population growth and settlement, and more.

Career Application

The bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice familiarizes students with the criminal justice system as they study topics such as criminology, criminal law, forensic science, and ethics. Students will gain an understanding of best practices within the criminal justice system, as well as the theoretical underpinnings supporting those practicesThe bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justicerequires a total of 120 credit hours. In addition to being earnable through in-person and video broadcast instruction, this degree can also be earned completely through online instruction.

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