A Passion for Society

As majors in sociology or criminal justice at Rockford University, students may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The all-college and divisional requirements ensure a strong liberal arts foundation for a more specialized program of study. Students may have a wide range of academic internship opportunities to work for a semester in an agency or organization in the community and earn credits toward graduation. 

Majors and Minors:

Criminal Justice (B.A., B.S.)
Sociology (B.A., B.S.)


Course Requirements and Offerings

Rockford University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers students the opportunity to major or minor in sociology or criminal justice. Degree requirements for these programs can be found in the academic catalog. 

Department SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes)

SLO 1: Social Organization

Demonstrate knowledge of the properties of social organization, at both micro and macro levels, in different types of societies from preindustrial to postindustrial.

SLO 2: Social Change

Demonstrate knowledge of social change processes at group, institutional, and societal levels at different points of societal development.

SLO 3: Cultural Literacy

Develop an appreciation for the ways in which culture influences patterns of social organization and change in societies, traditional and modern.

SLO 4: Theory and Practice

Develop an understanding of the unity of theory and practice in the conduct of social scientific research and in the professional practice of social work and law enforcement professionals.

SLO 5: Social Science Research

Demonstrate knowledge of social scientific research process and methods.

SLO 6: Communication

Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.

SLO 7: Critical Thinking

Think critically and act responsibly as informed students of social science.

SLO 8: Global Learning:

Demonstrate global self-awareness and perspective-taking, as well as practice cultural relativism.

SLO 9: Ethical Responsibility:

Ability to understand and comply with the principles and ethical standards that underlie sociologists’ professional responsibilities and conduct as put forth by the American Sociological Association.

Recent Syllabi


Additional Information

Department Information

Sociology and Criminal Justice

5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5171
Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.