Wilkes University

Criminology, B.A.

Requirements

Criminology

Coordinator: Dr. Kyle L. Kreider

Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Criminology leading to the B.A. degree - 120
Total minimum number of credits required for a minor in Criminology - 18

The Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers an interdisciplinary major in Criminology. Designed for flexibility and appeal to both the practicing professional and the student seeking admission to graduate school, the program incorporates a variety of carefully chosen courses in sociology, psychology, political science, and economics, such as Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Abnormal Behavior, Forensic Psychology, Criminal Law, and the Economics of Crime, leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. Internships in the areas of corrections, law enforcement, and the administration of justice are readily available to eligible students. Credit hours in internships may not be applied to the 45 hours required in the major.

Information about the program and about career opportunities in the field may be obtained from the advisor for this program.

Criminology Major

A major in Criminology consists of 44 hours, including introductory courses (12 hours), criminology core courses (20 hours), major electives (9 hours), and 
a capstone course (3 hours). The 44 hours do not include any prerequisites.

Introductory Courses (12 hours)

credits

PS-233

Law & Society

3

EC-102

Microeconomics

3

PSY-101

General Psychology

3

SOC-101

Introduction to Sociology

3

Criminology Core Courses (20 hours)

 

EC-320

Economics of Crime

3

PS-232

Criminal Law

3

PSY-352 OR
PSY-355

Abnormal Behavior or

Forensic Psychology

3

SOC-222

Criminology

3

SOC-309

Career Mentoring in the Social Sciences

2

PS-261 OR
SOC-371

Research Methods in Political Science or Methods of Social Research

3

PS-265 OR
SOC-370

Quantitative Reasoning in the Social Sciences

3

Major Electives (9 hours)

 

PS-332

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

3

PSY-352  OR
PSY-355

Abnormal Behavior or

Forensic Psychology

3

SOC-201

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

SOC-215

Family Violence

3

SOC-220

Violence in Society

3

SOC-223

Drugs and Alcohol in American Society

3

SOC-226

Corrections, Probation, and Parole

3

SOC-228

Deviance and Social Control

3

SOC-235

Corrections Counseling

3

SOC-252

Race, Class, Gender and Crime

3

SOC-325

Juvenile Delinquency

3

SOC-360 White Collar Crime 3
SOC-375 Advanced Criminological Theory 3

Capstone (3 hours)

 

SOC-390

Senior Capstone in Sociology

3

Recommended Course Sequence

Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

 Credits

PS 111 Introduction to American Government

3

ENG101 Composition or

4

Distribution Requirement

3

FYF 101 First-Year Foundations

3

PSY 101General Psychology

3

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

3

Total Credits

15-16

Second Semester

 

Distribution Requirements

6

ENG 101 Composition or

4

Distribution Requirement

3

Major Elective

3

Free Elective

3

Total Credits

15-16

Third Semester

 

Distribution Requirement

3

Free Electives

6

SOC 222 Criminology

3

Major Elective

3

Total Credits

15

Fourth Semester

 

Distribution Requirement

3

EC 102 Microeconomics

3

Free Elective

3

Major Elective

3

PS 233 Law and Society

3

Total Credits

15

Fifth Semester

 

Distribution Requirements

6

EC 320 Economics of Crime

3

PS 232 Criminal Law

3

SOC 370 or PS 265 Qualitative Reasoning

3

Total Credits

15

Sixth Semester

 
Distribution Requirement  3
Major Elective  3
Free Electives  6
SOC 309 Career Mentoring in the Social Sciences  2
SOC 371 Methods of Social Research OR

PS 261 Research Methods in Political Science

 3
Total Credits  17

Seventh Semester

 

Free Electives

12

Major elective

 

3

Total Credits

15

Eighth Semester

 

Free Electives

11

SOC 390 or PS 390 Senior Capstone

3

Total Credits

14

*See the General Education Curriculum for a list of courses that satisfy the Distribution Requirements.

Sociology

SOC-101. Introduction to Sociology

Credits: 3

A systematic view of sociology, providing essentials for an approach to questions about man in society; analysis of social processes, structures, and functions.

SOC-201. Introduction to Sociology

Credits: 3

A systematic view of sociology, providing essentials for an approach to questions about man in society; analysis of social processes, structures, and functions.

SOC-211. The Family

Credits: 3

History and ethnological studies of family. Role of family in the development of the individual. Interrelation of church, state, and family. Social conditions and changes affecting the American family. Family stability and disorganization.

Pre-Requisites
ANT-101 or 102, SOC-101, or approval of the instructor.

SOC-212. Human Sexuality

Credits: 3

A balanced and thoughtful introduction to what is currently known about human sexuality. Research in sexuality comes from a variety of disciplines, including Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Medicine, Physical Education, and Human Education. Without assuming that the student has an extensive background in any of these fields, this course draws liberally on all of them and works hard to show how the biology, psychology, and sociology of sex are interrelated.

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-214. Sex Roles

Credits: 3

This course deals with the origins of sex roles, the historical changes in sex roles, the consequences of sex roles to the individual and to society, and the outlook for sex roles in the future.

Pre-Requisites
ANT-101 or 102, SOC-101, or approval of the instructor.

SOC-215. Family Violence

Credits: 3

It is customary to think of violence between family members as infrequent and, when it does occur, as being the result of some mental defect or aberration. Research evidence shows that neither of these views is correct. This course examines the prevalence, experience, causes, and prevention of family violence.

Pre-Requisites
ANT-101 or 102, SOC-101, or approval of the instructor.

SOC-220. Violence In Society

Credits: 3

An overview of the causes, correlates, and history of violence in American society.  Topics include the relationship between guns and gun control and violence, violence and popular culture, drug-related violence, and the development of organized crime and gangs in the United States.

Pre-Requisites

SOC-222. Criminology

Credits: 3

An analysis of the nature and extent of crime and the causes and prevention of criminality. Topic areas include the history of criminology, criminological research methods, the extent and patterns of crime, theories of criminal behavior, and current issues surrounding crime in the U.S. today.

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-223. Drugs and Alcohol in American Society

Credits: 3

An examination of drugs and alcohol in American society as a major social problem. 

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-226. Corrections, Probation and Parole

Credits: 3

A study of the agencies devoted to the correction and treatment of convicted offenders with a special focus on adult and juvenile probation, parole agencies supervising offenders in the community, as well as residential correction facilities, including jails, prisons, and juvenile institutions.

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-228. Deviance and Social Control

Credits: 3

This course examines the nature of deviant behavior and the social responses to it. Topics covered include the following: what constitutes deviance; theories of deviance; varieties of deviant behavior; and the types of societal responses to deviant behavior.

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-231. Fields of Social Work

Credits: 3

A survey of the main problems of social work and of agencies and methods that have developed to cope with them. The nature and requirements of the different fields of social work.

Pre-Requisites
ANT-101 or 102, PSY-101, SOC-101, or approval of the instructor.

SOC-234. Group Counseling

Credits: 3

Students enrolled in this course will learn about different types of group counseling services. Students will acquire knowledge of group practice issues for each phase in the evolution of groups. Students will develop initial competence in beginning work as a group leader or facilitator.

Pre-Requisites

SOC-235. Corrections Counseling

Credits: 3

Interviewing and intervention strategies in dealing with the criminal offender population in both prison and community settings, as well as the social services available for this population.

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-236. Individual Counseling

Credits: 3

Students enrolled in this course will gain knowledge of the counseling process, including values, goals, methods, and limitations. Students will learn about various client characteristics that impact the counseling relationship. Students will develop initial competence in delivering counseling services.

Pre-Requisites

SOC-251. Sociology of Minorities

Credits: 3

A theoretical analysis of inter-group tensions and processes of adjustment with special reference to modern racial, national, and religious conflicts, both domestic and abroad.

Pre-Requisites
ANT-101 or 102, SOC-101, or approval of the instructor.

SOC-252. Race, Class, Gender and Crime

Credits: 3

An examination of the relationship between social structure and crime, with an emphasis on developing and applying a critical perspective. Topics include the relationship between immigration and crime, the role of protests both contemporary and historically in shaping our attitudes about crime, the ways that socialization impacts criminality across race/class/gender boundaries, and ways in which the system can be improved.

Pre-Requisites

SOC-261. Sociology of Sport

Credits: 3

An examination of sport from a social and cultural perspective. Emphasis is placed on examining how the institution of sport is a microcosm of American society, reflecting society’s major cultural beliefs, and how the organization of sport reflects that of society. 

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-263. The Urban Environment

Credits: 3

Cross-listed with PS-212. See description under the Political Science course listings.

SOC-309. Career Mentoring in the Social Sciences

Credits: 2

This course will offer career guidance for students in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. The course will include topics such as mentoring, networking, résumés and interviewing skills.

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101, junior standing. Course will be cross-listed with PS and PSY-309

SOC-325. Juvenile Delinquency

Credits: 3

An examination of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency, its causes, and its prevention. Topics include the similarities and differences between juvenile and adult justice systems, trends in juvenile delinquency, theories of delinquency, gangs, and the roles of family, schools, and legal institutions.

Pre-Requisites

SOC-341. Introduction to Social Psychology

Credits: 3

A general survey of the field of social psychology. Social factors in human nature, psychology of individual differences, social interaction, collective behavior, psychology of personality, and social pathology. Cross listed with PSY-341.

Pre-Requisites
ANT-101 or 102, PSY-101, SOC-101, or approval of the instructor.

SOC-352. Social Stratification

Credits: 3

A survey of the structure and dynamics of social inequality in American life. Attention is focused on the institutionalization of power arrangements that perpetuate intergenerational patterns of economic, political, and prestige inequalities among collectivities. A special effort is made to compare the consequences of structured social inequality for the very wealthy and the very poor.

Pre-Requisites
ANT-101 or 102, SOC-101, or approval of the instructor.

SOC-360. White Collar Crime

Credits: 3

A broad introduction to the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in the study of white collar crime and other forms of deviance conducted by the upper class in a capitalist society. Theoretical aspects of governments and organizations are examined to further understand the damage to society caused by white collar crime.

Pre-Requisites
SOC-222 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-370. Quantitative Reasoning for the Social Sciences

Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to quantitative analysis for the social sciences using SPSS, one of the most frequently and widely used statistical packages in the world. Students will learn how to enter and manipulate data in SPSS, apply and interpret statistics from descriptive through multiple regression, and test hypotheses using statistical methods. Cross listed with PS-265.

Pre-Requisites
PS-261, SOC-101, SOC-371, or approval of the instructor.

SOC-371. Methods of Research In Sociology

Credits: 3

Introduction to sociological research; selected problems of research in social relations; interviewing techniques; questionnaire design and case studies.

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-375. Advanced Criminological Theory

Credits: 3

This course is designed for students currently taking the sociological methods course (SOC371) as part of the sociology and criminology capstone process.  This course investigates the most common criminological theories students are likely to utilize for their own research projects.  Theories are discussed with a focus on the operationalization of concepts of theory into variables that students may find in social science databases. 

Pre-Requisites

SOC-381. Sociological Theory

Credits: 3

The aim of the course is provide the student majoring in sociology, or in one of the related fields, with an historical background necessary for understanding of the current trends in sociology as well as for clarification of its distinct subject matter, problems, and methods.

Pre-Requisites
SOC-101 or approval of the instructor.

SOC-390. Senior Capstone

Credits: 3

This course is intended for senior sociology majors. In this course you will complete an empirical research paper, quantitative or qualitative, and present the results to an audience of faculty and peers.

Pre-Requisites

SOC-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experience, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. (See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.)

Pre-Requisites
Sophomore standing, minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, consent of academic advisor, and approval of placement by the department chairperson.

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