PROGRAMS OF STUDY
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:
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.
Sociology and Criminal Justice
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.