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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Colorado State University-Pueblo's Division of Extended Studies offers students two undergraduate degree completion programs through traditional correspondence courses: Criminology and Sociology.

2018-2019 Independent Study Catalog
External Degree Completion Program Application Form
Students Receiving Financial Aid
Students not Receiving Financial Aid (Self-Payed)

Criminology

Criminology examines the making of laws, the nature and extent of crime and criminality, and efforts to control crime. The criminology program provides students with a strong foundation in sociological theory and research to foster a comprehensive and contextual understanding of crime and justice in society and the capacity to think critically and creatively about what does and doesn’t work in current crime control efforts. The organizations and institutions developed to respond to crime, in particular the criminal justice system, will be examined along with the related concepts of law and justice. Courses focus on the social construction or definitions of crime, the causes of crime and delinquency, and on the origin, nature, and consequences of societal reactions to criminal offending, including practices in both public and private justice agencies. Students pursuing careers in traditional criminal justice fields, such as policing, probation & parole, corrections and reintegration, will develop a strong foundation to work and effect social change in these fields. Criminology majors interested in careers in legal advocacy, community activism and social research will have the skills and knowledge enabling them to become transformational leaders in their profession. The criminology curriculum emphasizes the importance of research-based knowledge, theoretically informed practice, critical analysis and ethical decision-making. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in experiential learning through courses and in the internship program with placements in criminal justice, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, and community-based agencies. The criminology major prepares students for careers in the adult and juvenile justice systems – including law enforcement and criminal investigation, the courts, probation and parole, corrections, non-profit community based agencies, and victim services – or for graduate and professional programs in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, law, or legal and justice studies.

Bachelor of Science in Criminology

Sociology

The study of human social behavior and is concerned with conditions such as crime and delinquency, family problems, social inequality, and organizations in contemporary industrial society. Sociologists are interested not only in understanding social issues and institutions, but also in resolving social problems.  As an applied program, the major prepares students to work in a wide variety of occupations, including education, government, business, industry, and private human service agencies. They are employed in such areas as health care, youth services, drug rehabilitation, law enforcement, corrections, probation, and counseling. Students may receive a general sociology degree, or they may receive a sociology degree with a general emphasis.

Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Independent Study and External Degree Completion Program students are subject to all Academic, Admissions, Registrar's Office, Administrative and Financial Aid policies listed in the University Catalog.

For more information contact the External Degree Program Advisor at: 800.388.6154 or extendedstudies@csupueblo.edu.​​​​​

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