Curriculum & Courses

The criminology major prepares students for careers and advanced studies in criminology and related fields.

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in criminology. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

 Requirements   Credits 
 Courses Required for Major 18
      CRM 101. Introduction to Criminology
      SOC 206. Qualitative Research Methods
      SOC 207. Quantitative Research Methods
      CRM 209. Criminological Theory
      SOC 301-302. Current Social Problems: Field Work Study
      SOC 412. Senior Seminar
3
3
3
3
3
3
 Criminology Electives: Choose 6 courses from this list 18
       SOC 102. Social Problems
       SOC 103. Introduction to Social Work
       SOC 308.Juvenile Deliquency
       SOC 320. Social Psychology of Addictions
       SOC 325. Crime in a Digital Society
       SOC 402. Family Violence
       SOC 420. Special Topics in Criminology
       CSIA 101. Introduction to Information Security
       POLS 205. Law and Society
       POLS 306. Courts in American Politics
       POLS 420. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
       POLS 421. Constitutional Law
       PSYC 270. Investigative Psychology
       PSYC 370. Psychology of Terrorism
       PSYC 371. Hate Crimes
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
   
 Foreign Language  3-12
      One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 General Education Requirements 37-43
The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
 General Electives   29-44
 Total  120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.


Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

This is a suggested four-year plan of study for a criminology. Changes in sequencing may be desirable. All modifications should be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser.

To see the title of a course in the plan of study below, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description for a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
CRM 101 3 MATH 107 (Gen Ed) 3
ENG 102 (Gen Ed) 3 SOC 101 (Gen Ed) 3
SBU 101 (Gen Ed) 2 PHIL 104 (Gen Ed) 3
SBU 102 (Gen Ed) 1 ENG 102 (Gen Ed) 3
FS/THEO 101 (Gen Ed) 3 Foreign Language 102* 3
Foreign Language 101*  3    
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
SOC 206 3 SOC 207 3
CRM 209 3 MU 111 (Gen Ed) 3
THEO 327 (Gen Ed) 3 HIST 201 (Gen Ed) 3
SOC 103 (Major Elective) 3 ENV 101 (General Elective) 3
Foreign Language 201*
3 Foreign Language 202* 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
SOC 301 3 SOC 325 (Major Elective) 3
PHIL 361 (Gen Ed) 3 POLS 205 (Major Elective)
3
BIO 112 (General Elective) 3 PSYC 270 (Major Elective)  3
Gen Ed Intensive Writing Course 3 THEO 245 (Gen Ed) 3
SOC 320 (Major Elective) 3 BIO 110 (General Elective) 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
SOC 412 (Capstone Course) 3 General Elective 3
PHIL 332 (General Elective) 3 BIO/BIOL 101 (Gen Ed) 4
CSIA 101 (Major Elective) 3 ENV 328 (General Elective) 3
ENV 320 (General Elective)  3 ECO 102 (General Elective) 3
SOC 430 (General Elective) 2 MGT 301 (General Elective)  3
       
Total 14 Total 16

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.



Requirements for a Minor in Criminology

Non-majors may obtain a criminology minor by completing the requirements below. For the description of a particular course, click on its title. 

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.