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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Sociology & Criminology

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Programs of Study

Criminology Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology provides students with a broad, liberal arts education that encourages them to think critically about crime, law, and justice. Our courses routinely examine social structural foundations of crime, deviance, and social control, as well as the power dynamics involved in defining crime, prosecuting crime, and sanctioning of deviance and those "at risk."

Students with a BA in criminology find careers in social and human service occupations related to criminal, juvenile, and social justice. The criminology degree provides an excellent basis for graduate study in criminology, other social sciences, and law.

Requirements (effective Fall 2012): All students in the criminology major are required to take a minimum of 40 hours of coursework. Required courses include Understanding Social Life (SOCI 1810), Sociological Classics (SOCI 2020), Sociological Imagination and Inquiry A and B (SOCI 2005 and 2006), Criminology (SOCI 2250), Criminology Assessment (SOCI 3998), and a minimum of 20 additional criminology-related elective hours, 8 of which can be the Internship/Practicum. Elective courses must be selected from the following list:

  • Juvenile Delinquency (SOCI 2255)
  • Crime and Inequality (SOCI 2710)
  • Violence in Society (SOCI 2715)
  • Guns and Society (SOCI 2720)
  • Sociology of Denial and Acknowledgment (SOCI 2737)
  • Sociology of Law (SOCI 2750)
  • Legal Actors and Institutions (SOCI 2755)
  • State Violence (SOCI 2757)
  • Discipline and Punishment (SOCI 2760)
  • The Female Offender (SOCI 2765)
  • Wrongful Conviction (SOCI 2775)
  • Capital Punishment (SOCI 2795)
  • Drugs and Society (SOCI 2820)
  • Sexualities and the Law (SOCI 2825)
  • White-Collar Crime (SOCI 2830)
  • Crime and the Media (SOCI 2855)
  • Conflict and the Law (SOCI 2860), and
  • Special Topics approved by the Chair

Criminology major requirements worksheet

Suggested sequence of courses