2023-2024 Catalog 
    May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology and Criminal Justice, Dual BA

Criminal Justice is a discipline that attempts to identify and explain patterns of criminal behavior, as well as analyze society’s ability to control crime and delinquency. It emphasizes the study of crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice degree program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to capture both the academic liberal arts emphasis and the professional and policy knowledge required to educate criminal justice professionals.

Sociology applies the methods of social science to understand how broader social forces influence our thoughts, beliefs, and behavior. It provides an important background for careers in human resources, education, business, law, social work, criminal justice, politics, arts, sports, and public administration. Students may select from a broad range of courses related to contemporary issues and problems; inter-group relations, popular culture, social movements and social change, modernity and post-modernity, family patterns and relationships, sexuality, crime and deviance, environmental and social problems, globalization, and field experiences.

The dual Bachelor of Arts degree program in Sociology and Criminal Justice is designed to make it easier for students to complete these two majors simultaneously (in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and College of Public Service, respectively).

General Information

The dual Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology and Criminal Justice requires the following:

  • A minimum of 120 credit hours, including the general education courses, must be completed with a cumulative CU grade point average of 2.0.  At least 45 of those credit hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 and higher).
  • A minimum of 34 credit hours of SOC course work. At least 18 of those hours must be upper division.
  • A minimum of 28 credit hours of CJ course work. At least 18 of those hours must be upper division
  • A grade of C or better in courses applied to both majors.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all SOC and CJ course work.
  • Completion of the Sociology Exit Exam and Exit Survey during the final semester of the senior year.

Additional course work is required to complete the Sociology and Criminal Justice, BA degree. Please see the advising guide on the Academic Advising website for more information.

Policies and Procedures

Refer to the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences section  and the College of Public Service section  of this academic catalog for the eligibility criteria, policies, and procedures relevant to this program.

For further information, please contact:
The Sociology Department Chair or the BA in Criminal Justice Program Director.

Course Requirements

Sociology Required Courses

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Complete all of the following courses.

Note: SOC 3150 and SOC 3170 should be completed prior to the senior year, and must be taken at UCCS.

Summit Experience (4 credit hours)

Complete either the Honors or Standard Track Summit Experience.  The Summit Experience is designed for senior-level students who have successfully completed SOC 1110, 3150 and 3170.

Honors Track

Students completing the honors track will receive departmental honors upon successful completion and graduation. Complete both courses below.

Standard Track

Complete SOC 4785, the Summit/Capstone Special Topics course, and one of the capstone-flagged seminar courses below. A permission number is required to enroll for SOC 4785.  See the instructor or Sociology Program Assistant for details.


Sociology Electives (6 credit hours)

Complete an additional 6 credit hours of SOC electives to meet total and upper-division credit hours for the major.

Sociology Exit Exam and Exit Survey

Complete the Sociology Exit Exam during the final semester of course work. Visit the Sociology department’s website for more information.