Criminology Program Requirements

The criminology major includes a grouping of seven required courses, four courses in advanced criminology, and your choice of two electives.

B.A. Criminology

For students majoring in criminology, all courses that may apply to the major requirements are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

There is no minor in criminology.

Requirements

Required Courses - 21 credits

  • CRIM 112 - Criminology
  • CRIM 115 - Crime and Punishment
  • Choose ONE:
    • SOCI 101D - P3 Introduction of Sociology
    • POSC 210 - P3 Law, Politics, and Society
  • CRIM 230 - Prison Nation
  • CRIM 235 - Contemporary Policing
  • CRIM 236 - Criminal Law in Action
  • Choose ONE:
    • SOCI 280 - Social Research Methods
    • STAT 160 - P4 Introduction to Data Science

Advanced Criminology - 12 credits

Choose FOUR courses from the following group.

  • CRIM 308 - Women and Crime
  • CRIM 312 - Punishment Perspectives
  • CRIM 322 - Socio-Legal Foundations of U.S. Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 330 - Special Topics in Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 342 - Convict Criminology
  • CRIM 343 - Juvenile Justice
  • CRIM 362 - Police and the Law

Electives - 6 credits

Choose TWO courses from the following group.

  • CRIM 212 - Race, Class, and Crime
  • CRIM 243 - Juvenile Crime and Violence
  • CRIM 250 - Technology and Crime
  • CRIM 335 - Crime and the Media
  • CRIM 490 - Internship
  • CRIM 496 - Independent Study
  • POSC 210 - P3 Law, Politics, and Society
  • POSC 254 - Criminal Courts and Trials

Total: 39 credits

Notes on the Criminology Major

  • Suggested double major or minors: psychology, legal studies, political science
  • Suggested core courses supporting the criminology major:
    • ANTH 221C - P4 Bones, Bodies, and Detection
    • BIOL 117 - P4 Forensics: CSI Science
    • CHEM 132 - P4 The Chemistry of Crime
    • POSC 267 - P3 Foundations of US Law
    • PSYC 211 - P3 society and Mental Illness
    • PSYC 270C - Drugs and Behavior
  • Course substitutions for the major can be made only after consultation with and written approval of the department chair.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to pursue criminology internships at some point during their last junior and senior years.

Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.