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John Carroll offers a major and minor in sociology and criminology. Studying sociology will expose you to theoretical insights about human behavior, and teach you critical analytical thinking and skills to work with, and help understand, people. You’ll learn about ways people interact, organize, and act as families, cities, societies, cultures, ethnic/racial groups, social class, religions, businesses, and many other types of groups.

As a sociology student, you’ll take courses in the foundations of sociology and research methods. You’ll also explore contemporary social issues such as: crime, drugs and violence, juvenile delinquency, poverty, aging, health and illness, prejudice and discrimination, social justice and inequalities, the environment, and sexuality and gender, both within the U.S. and internationally.

Depending on your career interests, you can choose to focus your studies in specialized concentrations in criminology, cultural diversity, human service, health, and social justice, and aging studies. Many of our students also complete internships to gain professional experience in a variety of fields.




There are four specialized concentrations in which sociology majors or minors may take:

  • The Criminology Concentration
    The Criminology Concentration is recommended for students interested in crime, forensics, law, police work, and criminal justice.
  • The Social Work, Community and Health Concentration
    The Social Work, Community and Health Concentration is recommended for students interested in counseling, social work, law, advocacy, public health, public policy, public administration, the environment, nonprofit administration, and other related careers.
  • The Diversity, Justice and Social Change Concentration
    The Diversity, Justice and Social Change Concentration is recommended for students seeking increased knowledge of diverse cultures. This concentration is especially useful for students considering furthering their education in anthropology, counseling, social work, or public health.
  • Forensic Behavioral Studies Concentration
    The Forensic Behavioral Studies Concentration is recommended for students interested in forensics, law, and local or federal law enforcement.
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Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Sociology and Criminology majors and minors often participate in Interdisciplinary minors such as: Catholic Studies; East Asian Studies; Entrepreneurship; Peace, Justice, and Human Rights; Population and Public Health; Gender, Sexuality & Women Studies