Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal justice Programs

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice offers courses and programs examining the organization and processes of human social behavior and belief systems. The roles of individuals in both the maintenance and change of these arrangements are also explored. Please review the program requirements and course descriptions from the SXU Academic Catalog for more detailed information.

Criminal Justice Major

Criminal justice students participate in basic preparation that relates the criminal justice area to liberal arts education and forms a foundation for employment opportunities in such fields as corrections, institutional security, police work and probation. Students will have an understanding of the moral, philosophical, historical and scientific base from which to understand and make decisions and judgments when presented with criminal justice topics.

Sociology Major

For the sociology major, the department specializes in the areas of social theory, the family, law, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity and research methods and statistics. Students will find these courses as a useful background for careers and/or graduate study in fields such as law, education, social work, government and human resources.


Along with the majors in Criminal Justice and Sociology, our department also offers an Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work Minor.


The anthropology program has as its overall objective the holistic understanding of human behavior culturally, socially, psychologically and physically. The focus is on the comparative analysis of social and cultural processes in various human populations. The program provides the basis on which people in a wide variety of human-contact fields can understand and function more effectively in different cultural settings and with people from other cultural backgrounds. It is also meant to develop a broader theoretical and substantive appreciation of the range of human behavior. The program is designed to provide a cross-cultural perspective to students in other programs or to supplement a concentration in another field, such as social science, international business, education, nursing or liberal studies.

Criminal Justice

The minor in criminal justice involves 18 credit-hours, 9 hours of which must be taken at this university. A grade of C or better is required for courses in the minor of criminal justice.


Majors in other disciplines will find a minor in sociology courses to be a useful background for careers in business, education, nursing, psychology, criminal justice, mass communications and religious studies. Students who choose to minor in sociology can take modules of courses to complement majors in business, education, criminal justice, psychology and political science.

Social Work

The well-being of our human society is a chief concern of the field of social work. Social workers help meet basic human needs, especially for those who are vulnerable, abused or marginalized. Social workers are interested in the betterment of the individual and the betterment of society as a whole.

Students of social work are better informed as citizens; they learn a great deal about society, its problems and values, as well as how to address societal concerns. While the social work minor does not certify students as professional social workers or provide state licensure, it may lead to rewarding graduate level work required for certification and licensure. Students may find the minor in social work to be an attractive and interesting enhancement to their major course of study especially in Sociology, Psychology and Criminal Justice and an entry to careers in various social services organizations.

The minor in social work requires 18 semester hours. Students planning to minor in social work must complete, with a grade of C or better, at least four of the six courses at Saint Xavier University. A maximum of one course from the student's major requirements may be applied to the minor.