Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Sociology and Anthropology offer courses and programs examining the organization and processes of human social behavior and belief systems. The roles of individuals in both the maintenance and change of these arrangements are also explored. A Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Minor programs are available in Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. The criminal justice program is designed to provide a liberal arts education for students interested in employment or graduate education in criminal justice and related areas, for example, counseling and social work. The program has a major and minor in criminal justice.

Sociology

Sociology studies human societies, the groups that compose them and the interaction that occurs in them. Greater knowledge of the organization and dynamics of social life is central to a deeper understanding of human behavior. To this end, the sociological perspective is critical to the interpretation of key modern issues, including aging, bureaucracy, crime, discrimination, family, poverty and urban change.

Recent graduates of the Saint Xavier sociology program have taken positions in such areas as: banking, administration, health care, management, marketing research, policing, public relations, probation, social work, research and human services. Other areas which employ people with bachelor's degrees in sociology include law, community planning, social research and government agencies. Students may also wish to pursue graduate education, either at the master's or doctoral levels.

Majors in other disciplines will find sociology courses to be useful background for careers in business, education, nursing, psychology, criminal justice, mass communications and religious studies. With the sociology minor, students in other majors can take modules of courses to complement majors in business, education, criminal justice, psychology and political science.

*All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted

Anthropology

The anthropology program has as its overall objective the holistic understanding of human behavior culturally, socially, psychologically and physically. The focus is on the comparative analysis of social and cultural processes in various human populations. The program provides the basis on which people in a wide variety of human-contact fields can understand and function more effectively in different cultural settings and with people from other cultural backgrounds. It is also meant to develop a broader theoretical and substantive appreciation of the range of human behavior. The program is designed to provide a cross-cultural perspective to students in other programs or to supplement a concentration in another field, such as another social science, international business, education, nursing or liberal studies. 

*All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice students participate in the planned sequence of the liberal arts core to prepare them with an understanding of the moral, philosophical, historical and scientific base from which to understand and make decisions and judgments when presented with criminal justice topics. The program in criminal justice provides basic preparation that relates the criminal justice area to liberal arts education and forms a foundation for employment opportunities in such fields as policing, corrections, probation and for graduate studies.

*All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted

Faculty

E. Ward, Chair; M. Alderden; J. Battalora; L. Blair;  K. Carey;  R. Fritz; J. Gutowski; X. Perez; I. Saca

Admission

Sociology/Anthropology

Students may apply for admission to programs in sociology and anthropology upon completion of six hours of coursework in sociology and/or anthropology at Saint Xavier University, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and approval of the department faculty.

Criminal Justice

Students intending to enter the program as majors must formally apply for admission to the chair. Prerequisites for admission are:

  1. Completion of 6 hours of coursework in criminal justice.
  2. Overall GPA of at least 2.0 as well as 2.50 in criminal justice courses.

Graduation with a major in criminal justice requires completion of at least 21 credits in the major at Saint Xavier University.

Sociology

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (33 credit hours):

The sociology major requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, including:

Sociology 300, Sociology 294, Sociology 295, Sociology 366 and 6 additional credit hours in sociology and/or anthropology must be taken at Saint Xavier University. Anthropology courses may be counted toward the credit hour requirement in the sociology major. A grade of C or better is required for courses in the major of sociology.

Sociology Minor (18 credit hours):

The minor in sociology involves 18 credit hours. Students wishing to minor in sociology must take:

Sociology 300 and 6 additional credit hours in sociology must be taken at Saint Xavier University. Anthropology courses may be counted toward the credit hour requirement in the sociology minor. A grade of C or better is required for courses in the minor of sociology.

Anthropology

Anthropology Minor (18 credit hours):

The minor in anthropology involves 18 credit hours. Students wishing to minor in anthropology are required to take:

At least 9 credit hours in anthropology must be taken at this university. A grade of C or better is required for courses in the minor of anthropology.

Criminal Justice

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (33 credit hours):

The criminal justice major requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, including:

Two of the three CJ electives must be 300-level courses.

CJ 312, CJ 294, CJ 295, CJ 368 and 6 additional credit hours in criminal justice must be taken at Saint Xavier University. A grade of C or better is required for courses in the major of criminal justice.

Criminal Justice Minor (18 credit hours):

The minor in criminal justice involves 18 credit hours, 9 hours of which must be taken at Saint Xavier University. Students wishing to minor in criminal justice must take:

A grade of C or better is required for courses in the minor of criminal justice.

CJ Elective Courses

Students are offered a wide range of elective courses to supplement the core requirements. Students are encouraged to work with their faculty advisors to select elective courses that reflect their general interests and career goals. These electives can be found under the course descriptions section of the catalog.

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