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Criminology and Criminal Justice Program Requirements

The criminology and criminal justice major includes a grouping of six required courses, four courses in advanced criminology, and your choice of three electives.

B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

All courses that may apply to the major requirements are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

Required Courses - 18 credits

  • CRIM 100 - Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 230 - Prison Nation (3)
  • CRIM 235 - Contemporary Policing (3)
  • CRIM 236 - Criminal Law in Action (3)
  • CRIM 243 - Youth Crime and Justice (3)
  • Choose ONE:
    • ECON 221 - SQ Statistics I (3)
    • SOCI 280 - Social Research Methods (3)
    • STAT 160 - P4 Introduction to Data Science (3)

Advanced Criminology and Criminal Justice - 12 credits

Choose FOUR courses from the following group.

  • CRIM 308 - Women and Crime (3)
  • CRIM 312 - Comparative Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 322 - U.S. Criminal Justice Policy (3)
  • CRIM 330 - Special Topics in Criminology/Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 340 - Special Populations in the Justice System (3)
  • CRIM 342 - Convict Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 343 - Juvenile Justice (3)
  • CRIM 362 - Police and the Law (3)

Electives - 9 credits

Choose THREE courses from the following group.

  • ANTH 221C - P4 Bones, Bodies, and Detection (3)
  • BIO 117 - P4 Forensics: CSI Science (3)
  • CHEM 132 - P4 The Chemistry of Crime (3)
  • CRIM 212 - Race, Class, and Crime (3)
  • CRIM 250 - Technology and Crime (3)
  • CRIM 335 - Crime and the Media (3)
  • CRIM 490 - Internship (3)
  • CRIM 496 - Independent Study (3)
  • POSC 210 - P3 Law, Politics, and Society (3)
  • POSC 254 - Criminal Courts and Trial (3)
  • SOCI 101D - P3 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SOCI 220 - Groups and Diversity (3)
  • SOCI 307 - Sociology of Law (3)

Total: 39 credits

Notes on the Criminology and Criminal Justice Major

  • Suggested double major or minors: psychology, legal studies, and political science.
  • 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/criminal justice internships at some point during their junior and/or senior years.

Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Requirements

  • CRIM 100 - Intro to Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 230 - Prison Nation (3)
  • CRIM 235 - Contemporary Policing (3)
  • CRIM 236 - Criminal Law in Action (3)
  • Choose TWO:
    • CRIM 308 - Women and Crime (3)
    • CRIM 312 - Comparative Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRIM 322 - U.S. Criminal Justice Policy (3)
    • CRIM 330 - Special Topics in Criminology/Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRIM 340 - Special Populations in the Justice System (3)
    • CRIM 342 - Convict Criminology (3)
    • CRIM 343 - Juvenile Justice (3)
    • CRIM 362 - Police and the Law (3)

Total: 18 credits

Note: A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all course taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.


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