American Sociological Association

Sociology, Criminology Concentrations, and Criminal Justice: Differences in Reasons for Majoring, Skills, Activities, and Early Outcomes?

April 2014
Authors: Mary S. Senter, Nicole Van Vooren, Roberta Spalter-Roth

Sociology departments have been concerned about losing potential majors for more vocationally-oriented programs, especially as the number of criminology and criminal justice majors has been increasing.  This research brief compares the ways in which students’ perceptions and experiences differ among three types of majors and examines the potential benefits and challenges that various departmental arrangements pose.

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