Sociology - Criminology Option, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B260

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
Sociology Core
SOC 1113Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 3123Social Statistics3
SOC 3133Methods of Social Research3
SOC 3523Criminology3
SOC 4843Capstone in Criminology3
Criminology Substantive Courses
Choose four courses from the Criminology Substantive list12
Major Elective Courses
Choose two additional Sociology courses not listed in Criminology Substantive Courses6
Total Credit Hours33

NOTES

  • PHIL 1113 Intro. to Logic will not satisfy the prerequisite to enroll in SOC 3123 Social Statistics or SOC 3133 Methods of Social Research.
  • Both SOC 3123 and SOC 3133 must be completed with a grade of C or higher BEFORE the capstone.
  • The capstone course should be taken the FINAL SEMESTER in residence at the university. It is only offered in Spring and Fall semesters.
  • We suggest using free elective hours to help students utilize their academic skills after graduation by completing a minor or any service-learning designated class. Service-learning designated classes can be found by searching for SERV when enrolling. These classes are also very beneficial: CAS 3091 Career Planning for Arts & Sciences and CAS 4113 Life After OU-Survival Course 

Criminology Substantive Courses

SOC 3363Sociological Theory3
SOC 3533The System of Criminal Justice3
SOC 3543Sociology of Deviance3
SOC 3553Sociology of Law3
SOC 3623Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
SOC 3683Wealth, Power, and Prestige3
SOC 3900Special Topics in Sociology3
SOC 3903The Sociology of Urban Street Gangs3
SOC 3913The Death Penalty in the United States3
SOC 3923Alcohol, Drugs and Society3
SOC 3953Juvenile Justice3
SOC 39633
SOC 3973Sociology of Violence3
SOC 3983Women, Girls and Crime3
SOC 4603Internship in Sociology3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Sociology academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Sociology major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
Math (Core I) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
SOC 1113 Introduction to Sociology 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore
First Semester
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
SOC 3123 Social Statistics 1 3
SOC 3523 Criminology 3
Intermediate Language 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
SOC 3133 Methods of Social Research 1 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
SOC Criminology Substantive Major Requirement 3
SOC Criminology Substantive Major Requirement 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SOC Criminology Substantive Major Requirement 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
SOC Sociology/Criminology Elective Major Requirement 3
SOC Criminology Substantive Major Requirement 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 1
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
SOC 4843 Capstone in Criminology 3
SOC Sociology/Criminology Elective Major Requirement 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120