​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

When you sign a sociology major with a concentration in social and criminal justice, you’ll be submerged in a world that emphasizes community-based justice. This includes offender accountability and rehabilitation, meeting the needs of victims, and supporting community efforts to promote safety, security and conflict resolution. You’ll take courses in criminology, community corrections and alternative sentencing, inequalities and justice processes, and juvenile delinquency, and you’ll pursue internships with social, human service and justice agencies.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

Career opportunities include being a community corrections officer, juvenile court worker, prison counselor, probation and parole officer, victim advocate, or youth case worker. Careers in alternative sentencing and diversion programs, day treatment, community mediation, or social and human services are common. You’ll also be well prepared to pursue advanced professional studies.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Correctional officer$38,970 per year5% (23,000 more jobs)
Sociologist$74,960 per year15% (400 more jobs)
Social/community service manager$59,970 per year21% (27,700 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences website​ or contact:

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Anspach Hall 142
Phone: 989-774-3160​

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Sociology Major, Social and Criminal Justice Concentration

Total: 42 semester hours
Required Courses I
(12 hours)
SOC 100
Introductory Sociology
SOC 200
Introduction to Social Research and Analysis
SOC 301
Sociological Theory
SOC 350
Social Research Methodologies
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
SOC 302
Social Inequality
SOC 323
Racism and Inequality
Required Courses III
(18 hours)
SOC 220
Introduction to Social and Criminal Justice
SOC 324
SOC 326
Inequalities and Justice Processes: Race, Class and Gender
SOC 523
Community Corrections and Alternative Sentencing
SOC 525
Internship in Social and Criminal Justice
Electives I
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
SOC 215
Youth, Deviance, and Institutions
SOC 222
Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 422/SWK 422
Youth Welfare
Electives II
(6 hours)
Select two of the following:
Note: SOC 399 may be applied only when the special topic pertains to a social and criminal justice area, with permission of advisor.
SOC 330
Social Issues through the Prism of a Prison
SOC 399
Special Topics in Sociology
SOC 409
SOC 444
Human Trafficking
SOC 515
Custodial Institutions
SOC 524
Sociology of Law
SOC 526
Police and Community Relations