Degree in Sociology - Majors & Programs | Benedictine College


Bachelor of Arts, Department of Sociology and Criminology

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Department Overview

Criminology is an interdisciplinary social science that studies the causes of crime and delinquency, analyzes crime patterns, and critically examines the origins and functions of criminal law and the criminal justice system.

The criminology program at Benedictine College, contained in the Department of Sociology, provides students with a rigorous introduction to the methods and material of contemporary criminological inquiry, including classical and contemporary theories of crime and criminality, methods of theory testing and data analysis, and public policy issues related to crime prevention, control and punishment.

Degree Objectives

  • Help students acquire an in-depth comprehension of the social order through study of major concepts and theories found within the discipline
  • Develop knowledge of scientific sociology through practical experience in theory construction, methodology and field study
  • Prepare students for graduate and professional schools with a view toward research, teaching, and public service
  • Prepare students for careers in applied social science, social administration, and public social services

Career Opportunities

  • Administrator
  • Social systems analyst
  • Business and industry
  • Community planning
  • Counseling
  • Environmental research & planning
  • Governmental
  • Market and public opinion research
  • Minority and race relations staff
  • Urban affairs
  • Regional planning & development
  • Research advertising
  • Census
  • Teaching


Kevin M. Bryant, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
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  • Kevin M. Bryant, Ph.D.
    Professor & Chair
  • Gary Burkart, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus
  • Dr. Nicholas Hauman
    Assistant Professor
  • Karen Wood
    Assistant Professor

This eight-semester plan includes only the broad outlines within which programming can be arranged and adapted to the student’s individualized needs and plans. It is expected that a major program will be planned by the student with his or her advisor and/or the department chair and that of the electives; several will be in the field of sociology.

Freshmen Year

ENGL-1010English Composition3
Foreign Language4
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
GNST-1000BC Experience1
SOCI-1000Introduction to Sociology3
Historical Inquiry Foundation3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
Foreign Language4
Aesthetic Foundation3
Understanding Natural World Foundation4
MATH-1220Introductory Statistics4

Sophomore Year

Sociology Electives6
Aesthetic Foundation3
Faith Foundation3
Skills and Perspectives or Electives3
EXSC -1150Wellness for Life1
Sociology Electives3
SOCI-2300World Regional Geography3
Skills and Perspectives or Electives6–9
EXSCFitness Course1

Junior Year

Sociology Electives6
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
SOCI-3155Research Design3
Skills and Perspectives or Electives3
SOCI-3250 or SOCI-3270Race and Ethnicity or Social Stratification3
SOCI-3105Sociological Theory3
Faith Foundation3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Sociology Electives6

Senior Year

SOCI-COMPSenior Comp. Examcr
Sociology Elective6
Skills and Perspectives or Electives9–12
Sociology Elective3
Skills and Perspectives or Electives9
Internship in Sociology3
Second Course in Research Methods3

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology
  • Minors in Sociology & Criminology