About the Program

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Criminology, as a field, explores the nature and causes of crime. Criminology also examines the impact crime has on society and how in turn society responds to the social problem of crime. The Bachelor's degree in Criminology will emphasize the study of types, patterns and trends in criminal behavior; the social etiology of crime; and the social response to crime and its effect on society. The program will also train students to analyze crime data, test explanations of crime and victimization, and critically evaluate crime theory and policy.

The Criminology program is appropriate for students wishing to pursue career paths in all justice related fields including: law enforcement; probation and parole; community based prevention and control programs; court based programs; and corrections. Because our program provides for a broad knowledge of the nature and trends of crime and an understanding of crime control policy along with methodological and critical thinking skills, our students will be prepared to assume positions of leadership across a range of career paths in crime and justice related professions, as well as be prepared for post-graduate studies in Sociology, Criminology, and Law and Legal Studies.

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Criminology Major Requirements

The BA in Criminology is a 36 credit hour major and is housed in the Sociology Department. All students will complete 18 hours in required course work: CRM 1003; CRM 2003; CRM 3603; SO 3213; SO 4803; and CRM 4803. Students will then be required to take a minimum of six hours in each of three sub-areas of the program. The sub-areas are: Criminal Behavior and Motivation; Social Dimensions of Crime; And Crime Control Policy and Practice.

Senior Internships will also be available as an elective. Internships will be available at various crime and justice related agencies. To do an internship a student must have completed 24 hours of coursework within the criminology major and have earned a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in said coursework. Students will meet with the Criminology Program Coordinator to discuss the selection of an appropriate internship site. Students will be expected to have a minimum of 150 contact hours with the sponsoring internship agency, as well as meet specific course assignments. Students would register for CRM 3310 Senior Internship as six credit hour course. A senior thesis option is available for students who have completed a minimum of 24 hours of coursework within criminology and have at least a 3.0 GPA in said coursework. Students who qualify and have an interest in the senior thesis option will work individually with a faculty member to produce a research paper on approved topic in criminology. The thesis option is elective and designed for students wishing to pursue graduate school in criminology or a related field. Students would register for CRM 4000 Directed Individual Study: Senor Thesis as six credit hour course.

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Career Information

The Criminology program is appropriate for students wishing to pursue career paths in all justice related fields including: law enforcement; probation and parole; community based prevention and control programs; court based programs; and corrections. Because our program provides for a broad knowledge of the nature and trends of crime and an understanding of crime control policy along with methodological and critical thinking skills, our students will be prepared to assume positions of leadership across a range of career paths in crime and justice related professions, as well as be prepared for post-graduate studies in Sociology, Criminology, and Law and Legal Studies.

The Career Center, located in 300 (third floor) Montgomery Hall, serves students by helping them select a career, find a part-time job while in college, and as a referral system upon graduation. The Career Center also offers a number of unique services including, seminars, videotaped mock interviews, résumé critiques, personality inventories, on-campus interviews, and a career library.