Sociology and Criminal Justice

Mission Statement

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice makes it possible for students to graduate from Lincoln University confident in their ability to help shape a more humane world by putting their disciplinary knowledge to work in the fields such as human services, law, business, government, and community development, or by pursuing graduate studies.

The programs housed in the department are all designed to provide students with a solid understanding of social processes, social institutions, and the linkages between the individual and the larger society. The department offers majors in Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. Students may elect to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts degree, which is recommended for students considering postgraduate, professional or academic study, or a Bachelor of Science degree, which is generally career-oriented.

Overview

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice makes it possible for students to graduate from Lincoln University confident in their ability to help shape a more humane world by putting their disciplinary knowledge to work in the fields such as human services, law, business, government, and community development, or by pursuing graduate studies. The programs housed in the department are all designed to provide students with a solid understanding of social processes, social institutions, and the linkages between the individual and the larger society. The department offers majors in Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. Students may elect to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts degree, which is recommended for students considering postgraduate, professional or academic study, or a Bachelor of Science degree, which is generally career-oriented.

Departmental Honors

Students majoring in the Department are eligible for the departmental honors program if they have attained Junior status, have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.3, and have completed three departmental courses with a grade of B+ or better. The requirements for graduating with Departmental Honors are:

  • Complete an Independent Research/Study project (SOC-495) on an advanced topic in his/her major under the supervision of a departmental faculty member.
  • Have an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 3.3 or better
  • Have an G.P.A. of 3.3 or better in his/her major
  • Earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (Intermediate II (202) of any foreign language)
  • Earn a B+ or better in the following courses:
    • SOC - 305 Research Methods 
    • SOC - 306 Social Statistics
    • SOC - 410 Senior Seminar
  • Earn a B+ or better in the following course:
    • Sociology Majors: SOC 318 - Sociological Theory
    • Criminal Justice Majors: SOC 315 - Courts and Corrections
    • Human Services Majors: SOC 310 - Human Growth and Develop

Foreign Language Requirements/University Core Curriculum

All Departmental Majors must take 2 consecutive semesters of a foreign language, which will fulfill the language requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

Required Emphasis Area – All majors must choose one

Law Enforcement Emphasis 15 credits
PHL 111, 215 - Everyday Ethics OR Ethics 3
PSY 301 - Social Psychology 3
PSY 214 - Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 322 - Forensic Science 3
SOC 345 or 353 Criminal Investigation or Criminal Evidence 3

Legal Studies Emphasis 15 credits
POL 400 - Legal Problem Solving 3
POL 401 - Supreme Court and Constitutional Law 3
PHL 303 - Legal Philosophy 3
SOC 301 - Law & Society 3
Select one (1): 3 credits
POL 204 - Legal Systems
ECO 334 - Business Law
COM 404 - Media Law and Ethics

Forensic Science Emphasis 15 credits
CHE 101 - Intro to Chemistry 3
CHE XXX - Intro to Forensic Science* 3
BIO 305 - Biological Techniques 3
SOC 322 - Forensic Science 3
SOC 353, SOC 345 -Criminal Evidence OR Criminal Investigation 3

  • Anthropology

    Program Goals

    The Anthropology major is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the cultural behavior, social organization, biological characteristics and the origin of humankind. The study of Anthropology introduces students to the discipline and provides them with a sound foundation in relevant concepts and approaches. Students will acquire knowledge related to diverse societies as well as about the concepts of anthropological theory. They will also develop their abilities to critically analyze and evaluate anthropological research.

    Outcomes

    Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science program in Anthropology, the student should be able to:

    1. Define concepts and categories associated with Anthropology.

    2. Critically explain the components of culture and be able to discuss the relationship between the environment, food, health and knowledge base in the development of culture.

    3. Identify and distinguish between related theoretical and research concepts.

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  • Criminal Justice

    Program Goals

    The Criminal Justice Major is designed to provide students with substantial knowledge of how the criminal justice system works on the local, state, and federal level. There is also a focus on understanding of the changing nature of interactions between criminal justice institutions and the people in these environments. Students will gain an awareness of the impact of different social forces on the types and rates of criminal conduct.

    Outcomes

    • Define and describe the basic principles of organization of the government and criminal justice system
    • Describe concepts of crime and punishment
    • Apply ethical standards required of a criminal justice professional and incorporate interpersonal skills into a multi-cultural environment
    • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to become an autonomous thinker, creative problem solver, and informed decision maker
    • Use current technologies and demonstrate the knowledge of basic concepts of sciences used in the field of Criminal Justice
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  • Sociology

    Program Goals

    The Sociology major is designed to provide a broad intellectual and sociological background. The program provides students with both theoretical and methodological tools as well as substantive insights to assist them in understanding social life, social organization, and social action. Because of the concentration's focus on developing analytic skills, Sociology at Lincoln is an excellent preparation for many fields that involve social policy analysis, including law, business management, education, government and social service.

    Outcomes

    • Explain and identify key sociological concepts.
    • Exhibit, e.g., by comparing and contrasting, a sound understanding of key sociological theories.
    • Identify the particulars of standard social science research and statistical methods, knowledge that will enable students to study and analyze social issues.
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Contact
Office Address: Modulars
Dr. Emmanuel Babatunde Chair, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice babatunde@lincoln.edu (484) 365-7545
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