In today's world, criminologists working in criminal justice must have excellent communication skills; critical thinking and problem-solving abilities; sensitivity to those of different racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and gender groups; the ability to speak a foreign language; and computer literacy.
It is also important for those working in the criminal justice fields to have a good understanding of the operation of various components of the criminal justice system, the social causes and consequences of crime and victimization, and the role of social policy in shaping our society's response to and control of criminal behavior.
Interested students in any major who currently register through University College (UC) but have not completed at least 30 total credit hours should go to the UC Sociology Advisor(s) and declare "waiting for" status for Criminology and Criminal Justice. Upon completion of 30 credit hours, students should go to the UC Sociology Advisor(s), the Assistant Dean in Arts & Sciences, or their faculty advisor in Sociology to transfer to Arts & Sciences as a B.S. Sociology major waiting for Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Admission to the B.S. Program in Criminology and Criminal Justice is selective. Applications for admission are reviewed twice a year, once per semester. Students must apply by submitting their names to the Chairperson of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology or to Leo Carroll, B.S. Program Director.
To be considered for admission to the Criminology and Criminal Justice B.S. Program, students must have earned a minimum of 30 total college credit hours, including SOC 100, 230, and 274 by the application deadline. Additionally, students must have earned an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Applications should include a recent copy of the student's transcript, a brief letter of intent that includes the student's current contact information and the name of one faculty member to contact for recommendation who has knowledge of the student's academic ability and performance. All applications will be considered together and evaluated by committee according to the same criteria: the availability of instructional resources, grade point averages, and faculty recommendation.
Students will be notified of their acceptance. Those who fail to gain admission may reapply during subsequent application periods. Once students are accepted into the major, they will be registered in Arts & Sciences as Bachelor of Science Sociology majors in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
In addition to these required courses, students are required to select at least two courses that focus on issues of inequality. These courses include:
Students in the B.S. Criminology and Criminal Justice curriculum must also complete two courses from the following list:
New Faculty in Sociology:
Dr. Melanie S. Brasher has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2013. Prior to coming to URI, Dr. Brasher was a visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dickinson College. Her appointment is a joint appointment in Sociology and in Human Development and Family Studies where she will participate in the Gerontology program. For more info click here.
For the second year in a row, an anthropologist has been awarded the University’s Early Career Research Award. Assistant Professor Holly Dunsworth received the 2014 award for her research comparing energy use in apes and other mammals with particular reference to how the energetics and metabolic parameters of pregnancy, fetal growth, infant growth, and lactation and how those determine the timing of birth in humans and other mammals. Kudos to Holly!!!
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Justice, Law & Society Minor Coordinator
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