Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Resources / Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

  1. I can't find a course in my major this semester at KSU that fits my schedule. Can I take courses at another USG school?

    Yes. KSU participates in the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) program which permits you to “cross-register” for courses at other participating GA institutions. You must have your advisor's approval to cross-register so please contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice to arrange an appointment with an advisor and indicate that you wish to cross-register.

    Before meeting with your advisor, consult the websites of other ARCHE institutions to determine if they offer courses you can take. Carefully read the Eligibility Criteria Checklist on the ARCHE Cross Registration Application to make sure that you qualify for this opportunity.

  2. How do I contact the Department or make an appointment with an advisor?
    Please call the department at 470-578-6739 to be referred to the appropriate person to assist you.

Questions about BS in Criminal Justice:

  1. Where can I find information about the BS degree in Criminal Justice?
    Most of your questions can be answered by visiting the Programs section of our website. If you don’t find answers to your questions there, please contact the Department for further assistance.
  2. How can I tell if Criminal Justice is the major for me?

    The Criminal Justice system is at the crux of societal concern. When individuals are asked to define major social problems, the fear of and response to crime are at the top of the list. People not only want to have a better understanding of these problems: many also want to become a part of the solution.

    If this is the case for you, then a degree in Criminal Justice may be an ideal match for your interests.

  3. When should I make an appointment with an advisor in Criminal Justice?
    You should contact an advisor if...
    • You are thinking about becoming an Criminal Justice major and have questions about the program
    • You would like advising about which courses to take the following semester
    • You want to confirm that you are on track to fulfilling the requirements for this major
    • You have questions about how criminal justice courses you took at another institution and how they may be used to fulfill requirements for BS Criminal Justice here at KSU
    • You have questions about internship opportunities and process
    • You are interested in pursuing Criminal Justice in graduate school
    • You have any other questions related to the degree in Criminal Justice
    • A good place to start is the CHSS Undergraduate Advising Center.  Give them a call at 470-578-7728 to book an appointment or visit their website at: www.kennesaw.edu/hss/advising.
  4. I am transferring from another university where I took courses in Criminal Justice. How many hours of that credit can I transfer into the Criminal Justice program at KSU?

    At least 24 semester hours (8 courses) of upper division courses in the major field must be completed at KSU; at least 39 hours of upper division work, overall, must be completed at KSU. Your transfer evaluation report will indicate which courses are transferred to KSU with a KSU equivalent number. A Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice advisor can assist you in determining which courses you will need to complete for the degree at KSU. Please call the Department office at 470-578-6739 or our Peeer Advising Center at 470-578-7728 to arrange an appointment with an advisor.

  5. How does KSU's BS in Criminal Justice differ from other Criminal Justice programs at other University System of Georgia schools?

    One distinguishing feature of the KSU program is the addition of an applied component which directly links a student’s criminal justice studies to her/his professional goals. We do this by requiring an internship experience for all Criminal Justice majors. Our students have had internship placements with several local, state and federal criminal justice agencies, including the following:

    Top 5 Federal Law Enforcement Internship Sites Utilized by KSU CJ Interns

    1. US Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
    2. US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
    3. US Marshals Fugitive Task Force
    4. US Postal Inspectors
    5. US Fish and Wildlife

    Top 5 State Agencies

    1. GA Bureau of Investigations
    2. GA Department of Corrections
    3. GA Department of Juvenile Justice
    4. GA Department of Natural Resources
    5. GA State Patrol

    Top 5 Local Agencies

    1. Marietta Police Department
    2. Cobb County Police Department
    3. Cobb County Sheriffs' Office
    4. Holly Springs Police Department
    5. Woodstock Police Department

    Top Non-Profit Agencies

    1. YWCA
    2. Cobb County Victim Witness Assistance

    Our students thus graduate with experience in a job related to Criminal Justice.

  6. I already have a B.S. (or B.A.) degree from another university but the degree is not in Criminal Justice. Can I complete a second degree in Criminal Justice at KSU?

    Yes, you may pursue a "second degree" in Criminal Justice. The KSU Undergraduate Catalog states:

    "Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges may obtain a second baccalaureate degree from KSU by satisfying the following requirements: * Meet all major requirements listed for the chosen program of study. * Complete the Georgia Legislature history and Constitution requirements. * Students earn at least 30 semester hours in residence at Kennesaw State University. If the first baccalaureate degree was earned at Kennesaw State University, this 30 hours must be in excess of any hours used towards the first baccalaureate degree. * Complete (for students with majors in the Bagwell College of Education) the lower division major requirement courses in Education."

    A Criminal Justice advisor in the Department Sociology and Criminal Justice can assist you in determining which courses you will need to complete for the second degree. Please call the Department office at 470-578-6739 to arrange an appointment with an advisor.

  7. Can I get a job with a Criminal Justice Degree?
    Yes. Criminal Justice degree prepares students for careers in many criminal justice fields at the local, state and federal levels. Our graduates have been employed at several of these federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as by corporate entities and non-profit organizations.

Questions about BS in Sociology:

  1. Where can I find information about the BS degree in Sociology?
    Most of your questions can be answered by visiting the Programs section of our website. If you don’t find answers to your questions there, please contact the Department for further assistance.
  2. How can I tell if Sociology is the major for me?
    • If you are interested in the study of human social life and interaction
    • If you are interested in the study of local and global social changes, and how and why these changes affect you and others
    • If you are interested in developing leadership skills and strong intellectual and interpersonal tools for the social challenges and problems facing us in the new millennium
    • If you are interested in developing a better understanding of complex social issues relating to social mobility, family formation and dynamics, among others
    • If you are interested in developing a better understanding as well as how to deal with diversity

    Then a major in Sociology may be ideal for you.

  3. Do any Sociology classes fulfill General Education requirements?
    Yes. SOCI 1101 which is Introduction to Sociology can be used in the E4 area.
  4. When should I make an appointment with an advisor in Sociology?

    You should contact an advisor if

    • You are thinking about becoming a sociology major or minor and have questions about the program
    • You would like advising about which courses to take the following semester
    • You want to confirm that you are on track to fulfilling the requirements for this major
    • You have questions about how sociology courses you took at another institution and how they may be used to fulfill requirements for BS Sociology here at KSU
    • You have questions about internship opportunities and process
    • You are interested in pursuing sociology in graduate school
    • You have any other questions related to the degree in sociology
    • A good place to start is the CHSS Undergraduate Advising Center.  Give them a call at 470-578-7728 to book an appointment or visit their website at: www.kennesaw.edu/hss/advising.
  5. Do you offer a minor in Sociology?
    Yes. The requirements for the minor can be found on the Programs section of our departmental website.
  6. How does KSU's BS in Sociology differ from other Sociology programs at other University System of Georgia schools?
    The BS in Sociology at KSU differs from others in several ways. First, there is a great deal of variety in our course offerings. Students may select from Cultural Diversity Studies, Criminology, Organizational and Social Change, and Medical Sociology concentrations. The program also offers flexibility in allowing students to select related courses from other disciplines that augment the competencies offered by the sociology program and allow students to pursue their own needs/interests. There is also great deal of students and faculty interactions, involving advising and mentorship regarding coursework and post-graduate plans. Finally, our faculty bring a wealth of experience into the classroom. Several of them have been practitioners in the recent past and are thus able to enrich the learning experiences of students with “real world” cases and examples.
  7. Are there experiential learning opportunities available to me as a Sociology Major?
    Yes. We have faculty members who offer field work opportunities for students, either as part of formal classes or in one-on-one directed applied research opportunities. Our faculty direct KSU Study Abroad Programs, which offer international exposure and opportunities for comparative studies. Students may also enroll in an internship or co-op opportunity. In addition, students may attend study abroad programs run by other universities. Students need to talk with their advisors before applying for such programs to see how they can be used to fulfill degree requirements.
  8. I am transferring from another university where I took courses in Sociology. How many hours of that credit can I transfer into the Sociology program at KSU?
    At least 24 semester hours (8 courses) of upper division courses in the major field must be completed at KSU; at least 39 hours of upper division work, overall, must be completed at KSU. Your transfer evaluation report will indicate which courses are transferred to KSU with a KSU equivalent number. A Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice advisor can assist you in determining which courses you will need to complete for the degree at KSU. Please call the Department office at 470-578-6739 or our Undergraduate Advising Center at 470-578-7728 to arrange an appointment with an advisor.
  9. I already have a B.S. (or B.A.) degree from another university but the degree is not in Sociology. Can I complete a second degree in Sociology at KSU?
    Yes, you may pursue a "second degree" in Sociology. The KSU Undergraduate Catalog states:

    "Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges may obtain a second baccalaureate degree from KSU by satisfying the following requirements: * Meet all major requirements listed for the chosen program of study. * Complete the Georgia Legislature history and Constitution requirements. * Students earn at least 30 semester hours in residence at Kennesaw State University. If the first baccalaureate degree was earned at Kennesaw State University, this 30 hours must be in excess of any hours used towards the first baccalaureate degree. * Complete (for students with majors in the Bagwell College of Education) the lower division major requirement courses in Education."

  10. Can I get a job with a Sociology Degree?
    Absolutely. Our students have broad job opportunities and several choose careers in social services, community work, criminal justice, business, education, health services, publishing, journalism, public relations, and government services. They develop skills in technology, communication, data gathering and analysis, community awareness and involvement, problem-solving, and critical thinking which are crucial in the new knowledge economy. To explore various careers in Sociology in-depth visit: http://www.asanet.org.

Questions about Online BS in Sociology:

  1. Who do I contact to learn more about the online BS in Sociology at KSU?
    Please contact the Program Coordinator of the Online Sociology Program, Dr. Cristina Gheorghiu-Stephens. Be sure to supply your name and contact information so that Dr. Stephens can get back to you. You can also fill out the Online Sociology Program Information Request Form.
  2. What does "online" mean? What is distance learning?
    To find out answers to this question, go to http://learnonline.kennesaw.edu/how/faq.php.
  3. Can I register online?
    Absolutely. You can conduct all your business at KSU online. To learn about the registration process, visit this link: https://web.kennesaw.edu/registrar/registration. Please visit: http://learnonline.kennesaw.edu/how/web_learners_program.php to learn more about the WebLearners Program for online degree students. To contact the KSU Distance Learning Center to learn more about Distance Learning at KSU, or to get started at KSU, call 470-578-7550. If you are outside Metropolitan Atlanta, call toll free 1-888-370-2267. E-mail: distancelearning@kennesaw.edu
  4. What do online courses look like?
    Online courses have as much variety as face to face classes. Click here to tour a sample online course.
  5. When do classes start?
    You can view the current academic calendar.
  6. How much does it cost?
    When you take online courses, you are exempt from out of state tuition. And when you register as a weblearner, you are exempt from parking fees, food services fees, and other fees that don't apply to weblearners. Online courses do cost $100 more per credit hour.

    To view KSU’s fee structure, please click here: http://learnonline.kennesaw.edu/costs/tuition.php,
    Bursar's Office: http://www.kennesaw.edu/finance/bursar/tuitionfees.html