Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Deviance

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In sociology, behaviors or actions that violate social norms are called “deviance.” This term includes aberrant social behavior, drug and alcohol addiction, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse, domestic violence, and more.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Deviance concentration prepares students to become effective professionals in diverse and challenging fields, including:

  • Mental health services
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Child and youth services
  • Corrections and/or probation
  • Education
  • Veterans affairs
  • Community reintegration and treatment 

Graduates of this program may find employment as social services caseworkers; probation and/or corrections officers; or professionals who implement and evaluate the effectiveness of various educational, governmental and social services programs.

The Sociology: Deviance concentration also prepares students with the interdisciplinary theoretical training and research and writing skills required for graduate programs in specialized social sciences such as psychology, counseling, education, social work, geriatrics or law.

The program

Students in the Sociology: Deviance concentration must complete 120 credit-hours, including an internship. This field experience gives students an opportunity to integrate coursework in sociological theory and methods with the skills and concepts employed in an actual work setting.

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Beginning in Fall 2015, this program also will be offered 100% online. For details, visit

University resources

All students in the Sociology: Deviance concentration are encouraged to join the Sociology Club at Cal U, and to participate in its activities.

Upper-level students are eligible for membership in Pi Gamma Mu, the social science honor society.

Contact us

To learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Deviance, contact:

Dr. Emily M. Sweitzer, NCSP
Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy and Socio-Cultural Studies

Real-World Learning

Portrait of Dr. Emily Sweitzer.

About program director Dr. Emily Sweitzer:
“As a researcher for television dramas including ‘CSI,’ ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Backstrom’ and ‘Bones,’ we rely on industry professionals to help us to make sure our shows are as realistic as possible. Emily Sweitzer has been a great consultant for us on these shows. ... From criminal psychology to forensic psychology to child psychology in court battles (you name it!), Emily always gives us interesting, thought-provoking and realistic avenues for us to explore.”

— Scott Recchia
  Researcher for TV dramas

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