Department of Social Sciences


In conjunction with the University's mission as an institution of Christian, liberal arts-based higher education, the Social Sciences Department at Gardner-Webb strives to facilitate student development of the intellectual skills needed to understand and explain significant issues in the realms of politics, society, and the human past.



To provide for all its students, both in core and upper level courses:


  1. An awareness of the major social, political, and historical contexts of various world cultures both past and present, and
  2. The intellectual skills and attitudes needed to understand and function effectively in contemporary society. To provide students in its major and minor programs with:
  3. Preparation for careers such as teaching, research, social work or governmental service, and
  4. A foundation for continued study in graduate or professional schools. For students in the Social Studies secondary licensure program, to:
  5. Provide assurance that the candidate acquires an understanding of the social, political, geographical, economic, and religious forces operating in society;
  6. Provide in-depth preparation in history and the social sciences plus an intensive study in one or more of the major disciplines;
  7. Provide for development of the social studies skills required in formulating objectives, selecting content, using effective teaching strategies and evaluating learning; and
  8. Instill in the candidate an awareness of the need for continuing education and professional development.



A student who chooses to major in a field of study offered by the department will demonstrate:


  1. A depth of content knowledge in the major discipline;
  2. Effective research skills relevant to the major discipline;
  3. The ability to identify and analyze significant issues in the major discipline; and
  4. Effective writing and oral communication skills.



Gardner-Webb’s Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice prepares the student for a specialized career in the Criminal Justice System. Graduates go on to obtain higher administrative positions in law enforcement agencies and correctional institutions, on the local, state, and federal levels. The curriculum designed for Criminal Justice students is broad based, which covers studies from the philosophy of law enforcement to the social implications of corrections and the criminal justice system.



Prior to enrolling in the Criminal Justice major, the applicant should have the following in his or her academic transcript:


■ 60-64 semester hours from a regionally accredited junior or senior college


Some courses required for admission may be completed concurrently with course work by taking such courses offered in the curriculum. Such concurrent enrollment for courses required for admission must be completed within the first year of enrollment and may extend the time required to complete the degree program. The following may be completed by concurrent enrollment within the first year in the program:


English 101 (1 course)

English 102 (1 course)


Failure to register for a course required for admission will prohibit the student from registering for any subsequent semester until courses required for admission are complete.



As with all DCP majors, approximately half of the Criminal Justice track consists of our Core Curriculum of Liberal Arts (see Core Curriculum), providing 31 hours towards the 128 hours needed to graduate. A student must complete 30 hours in the Criminal Justice major, 15 of which must be completed with the University. The classes particular to the Criminal Justice major, consist of the following:


■ CJC 410 Philosophy of Criminal Justice*

■ CJC 420 Administrative Decision Making*

■ CJC 430 Criminal Justice Theory and Research*

■ CJC 440 Trends in Criminal Justice*

■ CJC 450 International Issues in Criminal Justice*

■ CJC 495, 496 Independent Study

■ CJC 497/498 Internship(s)

■ HEA 401 Drug and Alcohol Education

■ HUS 401 Psychopathology

■ MGT 403 Human Behavior in Organizations

■ MGT 400 Human Resource Management

■ MGT 485 Leadership

■ PSC 315 Civil Liberties

■ PSC 314 Judicial Process

■ SOC 310 Social Psychology

■ SOC 313 Sociology of Deviant Behavior

■ SOC 400 Minority Groups

■ SOC 415 Juvenile Delinquency

■ BAD 300 Legal Environment of Business

■ SOC 402 Social Problems

■ SOC 411 Criminology

■ SOC 430 Special Topics: Sociology


CJC* Required course in Major


Additional Classes that could be taken as free electives or supportive courses


■ HUS 302 Group Dynamics

■ HUS 402 Introduction to Counseling

■ HUS 406 Personality

■ HUS 412 Psychology of Aging

■ HUS 425 Crisis Intervention Counseling

■ HUS 493 Seminar in Psychology

■ PSC 495 Independent Study


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