Criminology (BA)

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Anthropology & Sociology Department

Program Description

 The mission of the major in Criminology is to provide students with a multidisciplinary approach to crime and deviance, with particular emphasis on providing critical thinking skills to enable students to be familiar with the dominant ways of professionals use to explain, predict, and prevent crime and victimization.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, student should be able to:

  1. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of major criminological theories.
  2. Analyze the policy implications of criminological theories.
  3. Describe the elements and development of the criminal justice system and its role in maintaining social order.
  4. Evaluate how the institutions and elements of the criminal justice system vary across jurisdictions and interact with one another.
  5. Apply principles of crime prevention to the policy that attempts to effectively reduce crime and victimization.
  6. Compare the theoretical foundations of crime analysis and their abilities to predict and analyze patterns of crime.
  7. Articulate several major types of crime, their causes, and proposed solutions to reducing them.
  8. Compare the techniques, sources, and means of analysis of criminological data research methods.

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Special Requirements

  • 43 required credit hours within criminology. Within the required 43 hours, 18 hours must be at the 3000 level and above with at least 6 hours at the 4000 level.
  • No more than 6 credit hours obtained in senior thesis, practica, independent learning experiences, reading courses, and assessment of prior learning may be applied toward the 43 credit hours required for a major.
  • In addition to the criminology requirements, a minimum of three hours in a non-native language (expertise demonstrated by course work or testing) are required for the major. Courses used towards the International Language requirement may also be used to fulfill general education requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language. Students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English will be considered to have achieved their foreign language requirement if they successfully pass an ESL test of their English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL)
  • Transfer students can apply up to 15 credit hours of approved CRIM course work from other colleges/universities towards the CRIM major.
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours.
  • Students will complete 43 credit hours as specified below with a grade of C- or better.
  • In the final semester of study, each student must register for CRIM 4900 Senior Capstone (3 credit hours) and submit and overview paper.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours are required for graduation and shall consist of the following:

  • 43 required credit hours for the major
  • 3 international language requirement credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

Within the 43 credit hours students are required to complete the following courses:

  • CRIM 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminology (3 hours)
  • CRIM 1800 Careers in Criminology and Crime Prevention (1 hour)
  • CRIM 2350 Criminology Theory (3 hours)
  • SOCI/PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)
  • LEGL 3500 Criminal Litigation (3 hours)
  • CRIM 4900 Senior Capstone (3 hours)

At least ONE course must be completed from EACH of the following content areas:


  • CRIM 2250 Introduction to Crime Control Systems (3 hours)
  • SOCI 3375 Deviance and Social Control (3 hours)
  • CRIM 3250 Police and Policing (3 hours)
  • CRIM 4250 Corrections (3 hours)

Special Populations

  • SOCI 2380 White Collar Crime (3 hours)
  • CRIM 2450 Victimology (3 hours)
  • SOCI 3380 Transnational Crime (3 hours)
  • CRIM 3350 Gang and Small Group Deviance
  • SOCI 4300 Radical Violent Extremism (3 hours)

Methods and Data Analysis

  • SOCI/PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3 hours)
  • ANTH 2825 Qualitative Methods (3 hours)
  • CRIM 3750 GIS and Crime Mapping (3 hours)
  • SOCI 4575 Demography and Social Network Analysis (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4750 Advanced Statistics (3 hours)

Criminology electives that also count for credit (may be used to satisfy the 18 elective credit hours):

  • CRIM 2000 Issues in Criminology (3 hours)
  • CRIM 3000 Topics in Criminology (3 hours)
  • CRIM 3610 Independent Reading Course (1-5 hours)
  • CRIM 3875 Criminology Lab (1-3 hours)
  • CRIM 4000 Advanced Studies in Criminology (3 hours)
  • CRIM 4610 Advanced Independent Reading Course (1-5 hours)
  • CRIM 4875 Advanced Criminology Lab (1-3 hours)
  • HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 2030 International Law (3 hours)
  • LEGL 2080 Policing the Police (3 hours)
  • LEGL 2400 Introduction to Law
  • LEGL 4602 International Criminal Law: A Human Rights Perspective
  • LEGL 4605 Constitutional and International Issues: Human Trafficking and Slavery
  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 3425 Juvenile Delinquency
  • PSYC 3450 Psychology and the Law
  • PSYC 4550 Drugs and Chemical Dependency
  • SOCI 2275 Law and Society
  • SOCI 2375 Social Problems

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--This page was modified on 13 August 2014. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--

--This page was modified on 03 October 2014. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--