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Social Sciences and International Studies majors have two advisors.
To schedule an advising appointment, email email@example.com, call 937-775-2601 or stop in 120 Millett Hall.
To schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor, contact your program directly.
If you have not yet received an assigned faculty advisor, please email SoSSIS@wright.edu.
You are required to complete the College of Liberal Arts pre-graduation checklist. You should begin this process after you are registered for your final term.
To schedule an appointment to verify major requirements needed for graduation, please contact your faculty advisor.
A minimum GPA of 2.25 is required to become either a mass communication or a communication studies major.
No because the mass communication degree requires you to master the creation of media content across media platforms. The old days where students would major in one specific media channel (i.e., print, broadcasting, audio) are past. The curriculum requires you to take courses using print, web, broadcast, audio and public relations. This is a national trend.
No, because you are required to take either class; not both. This is an option you need to determine.
Yes, and we encourage you to see the business cards our graduates are mailing to us to demonstrate how their degrees are being used.
The Ohio-approved TAGs courses will transfer from other Ohio public universities. You may request your academic advisor to have any communication course completed at a public or private university to be reviewed. During an academic appointment, ask that a communication class be reviewed and they will start the process.
Visit our Choosing a Major or Minor page to read about the Crime and Justice Studies program.
You must first fulfill the College of Liberal Arts requirements listed on our admission page.
For equivalencies to the Wright State Core and College of Liberal Arts requirements, you can visit Transferology at transferology.com and run a Crime and Justice degree audit with equivalencies from another Ohio institution. You can also consult an advisor in the Transfer Student Resource Center or COLA advising office.
As a general rule within the major (this does not include WSU Core and/or CoLA classes), you will be able to transfer in up to half of our 45-hours of requirements (for a 22.5 hour maximum in the major). Additional major-related classes will count as general credits for graduation (students need a total of 120 hours to graduate).
Your College of Liberal Arts Advisor helps you to choose courses to meet CORE and CoLA requirements, as well as determine a sequence for the courses that will help you adhere to graduation requirements. Your faculty advisor is assigned through the program and will advise you on courses specific to your major as well as determine course substitutions and/or changes to your program of study. Visit the advising section of our site to learn more and to find out who your advisor is this term.
Go to your Wings Express Student Tab and click the Major/Minor Change Request.
Go to your Wings Express Student Tab and click the Major/Minor Change Request.
The degree audit report shows how your Wright State courses, transfer courses, and courses in progress apply toward your degree requirements. It can also show you how your credits apply to a different degree program by using the "what if" selection. The report is an unofficial summary of your academic record and is a handy tool to assist you in planning your future coursework. Your degree audit report can help you keep track of your uncompleted requirements and guide you toward graduating at your desired time. Your degree audit report is available to you via Wings Express and should default to your current degree program when you log in. Students should discuss this tool with their advisor.
All students within the College of Liberal Arts pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language or American Sign Language at the 2020 level, either by satisfactorily completing course work or by taking an examination.
Crime and Justice Studies majors interested in completing this requirement through Spanish can complete SPN 2010 and 2020 or SPN 2110 and SPN 2120, Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel. Once students have completed the prerequisite of SPN 1020 Beginning Spanish II with a grade of C, they can register for this sequence: SPN 2110 in fall and SPN 2120 in spring semester.
Students who attain high GPAs during a term are placed on the Dean's List each semester. To be named, you must have:
Yes, the undergraduate catalog entry lists these details. This will be helpful to military students needing to complete their planning forms, such as 104R. You will find at the bottom of the page the Graduation Planning Strategy.
View Crime and Justice Studies major program information and degree requirements in the University Catalog.
View Crime and Justice Studies minor program information and degree requirements in the University Catalog.
To complete the minor in Policing and Investigative Studies, 21 semester hours are required:12 hours from four core areas (Police and Society, Policing and Investigative Practices, Law, and Diversity and Ethics) and 9 hours from the electives.
To complete the Forensic Studies minor, 18 semester hours are required: two core, one science and three electives. All majors, including Crime and Justice Studies, are eligible to apply for this minor.
The online Wright State Graduation Application self-service is available to you through WINGS. You must be registered for all classes for the semester they intend to graduate.
Visit the Graduation page in the RaiderConnect website for application and deadline information.
You need to schedule an appointment with the Crime and Justice Studies director to confirm major graduation requirements are met before applying to graduate.
For an internal assessment, you will be asked to bring (or email) copies of three of your papers from any of the CJS classes. An exit interview will be conducted during this meeting to gather feedback.
Once the requirements are reviewed by the College of Liberal Arts advisor, the "hold" will be released so the student can complete the online graduation application.
Wright State Events Services, (937) 775-5512, will provide you with all the details for walking in the spring or fall commencement ceremony.
Yes. Crime and Justice Studies students are required to complete one 3-credit hour internship. Students should meet with an internship director one or more semesters before registering. Internships can be taken through the political science, sociology or urbanaffairs/geography departments.
NOTE: Background checks and drug/alcohol screening will typically be required for Internship placement. Previous convictions could hinder this process and/or future employment within this career field. If you have a concern, be sure to notify your advisor so it can be discussed. Given how strictly agencies screen applicants, if you have a drug/alcohol dependency or previous record you should likely reconsider a career path in criminal justice.
The simple answer is yes. You should complete the required internship if at all possible because it’s the best path to an actual job in today’s market for college graduates. Research has shown that, controlling for other factors, a good internship makes one more employable than a high GPA.
However, there are a few rare exceptions to this internship requirement for some students (e.g. if you can document that you have worked in a related field for more than a year we can make a class substitution). See FAQs about prior job experience. Contact your advisor or the program director if you have questions about this.
Internships can be completed through the political science, sociology or urban affairs/geography departments. Visit our Internships page or call the program’s administrative support coordinator at (937) 775-2582 for more information.
Signing up for an internship is not like signing up for a typical course. A lot of preparation has to be conducted so that your internship coordinator can work with you and our internship partners to find an appropriate placement and allow you to begin your internship at the beginning of the term. For that reason we recommend that you begin the process at least one term prior to the term you want to take the class (e.g. begin in the fall for a spring internship). If you are pursuing the internship through sociology, we recommend you begin the process two terms prior.
Visit our internships page for information on how to begin that process.
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At least once every semester.
Please email or call them directly. ML advisor information can be found under the Advising tab.
You can find your advisor through WINGS under the Academics tab or you can request your advisor’s information in 225 Millett.
You first have to have declared either anthropology or sociology to be your major. When the department receives word you have done so, and that you meet or exceed the required 2.0 GPA qualification, the department’s administrative specialist will assign you a faculty member from the relevant discipline as your advisor. You may also request that a certain faculty member be assigned to you.
The sociology major requires that you take three upper division courses in a single social science discipline; these are NOT additional sociology courses. You can select from anthropology, social work, geography, urban affairs, political science, psychology, and economics.
The anthropology major requires that you take two upper division courses in subjects considered to be related to the three subfields of anthropology. You should check with your faculty advisor about whether a particular course will satisfy the requirement.
No, when you take either (or both) of those courses, they count as courses in the major AND automatically satisfy the Quantitative Thinking requirement of the College of Liberal Arts.
No particular language can be specified as being the best for you to take. You should consider what courses in a language you had in high school, and whether you might wish to build on that to complete the language requirement at Wright State. You should also consider what kind of career you envision, and whether any particular language might help your advancement. Ultimately, the decision is up to you.
No, you only need to complete, or test out of, the fourth course (2020 level) in the language at Wright State. You should check with the Department of Modern Languages for information about testing out of a language.
Yes. CST 2410 is the introductory course in cultural anthropology, and is a required course for anthropology majors. Similarly, ATH 2200 (Introduction to Archaeology) is required and satisfies one of the Core Element 5 courses you need to take, and ATH 2100 (Introduction to Biological Anthropology) is required and satisfies one of the Core Element 6 courses you need to take. One exception should be noted: if you were in nursing before switching your major to anthropology you may have taken ATH 2500, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology for Health Care Professionals. That course would satisfy the CST 2410 requirement.