Criminology is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy. It employs people to investigate, arrest, prosecute, defend, counsel, monitor and otherwise control persons suspected, accused or convicted of criminal behavior. Criminology is the way society manages deviance, maintains order and keeps society safe. It also insures domestic tranquility and protects individual rights.

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Criminology Major

The Criminology Major has broad scope and appeal to attract students with diverse interests in criminal justice and other human service professions. It balances theoretical knowledge, including current research, with applied aspects of criminal law, law enforcement, corrections, community-based systems, administration and policy. The program attracts students from sociology, psychology, social work, conservation, natural and wildlife resources, political science, history and education.

What Do Criminology Majors and Minors Do?

Criminology professionals are found at all levels of society: international, federal, state, county and local. They are attorneys, judges, police officers, park rangers, corrections officers, security/program/administrative personnel, jailers, probation and parole officers, crime prevention specialists, advocates and treatment providers. They work on the streets, in offices and court rooms, on hospital wards and in treatment centers, in prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities, at work camps and recreational programs, in schools, in retail settings. Virtually anywhere that there are people there are also criminology professionals involved in prevention and protection.

Criminology Major - 36 Total Credits

Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.25 G.P.A. to remain eligible for the program

Core Requirements 18 cr. hrs.


Directed Electives: 18 cr. hrs.
At least 6 credits from Criminal Behavior


At least 6 credits from Crime and Justice


Options Allowed in Directed Electives Having Specific Requirements/Rules

  • CRIM 379 Internship in Crime and Justice 6–12 cr.(must be at least a junior and 18 credits of major complete)
  • CRIM 399 Law Enforcement Certification 6–12 cr. (must take at a technical school and transfer in these credits)
  • CRIM 490 Readings in Criminology 1–2 cr. (only available Summer or J-Term with faculty consent)
  • CRIM 499 Independent Study in Criminology 1-2 cr. (only available Summer or J-Term with faculty consent)

Criminology Minor 24 Total Credits

Required Courses: 12 cr. hrs.

Directed Electives: 12 cr. hrs.

  • SOCI 218 Deviant Behavior 3 cr. hrs.
  • CRIM 241 Victimology 3 cr.
  • CRIM 311 Juvenile Crime and Justice 3 cr.
  • CRIM 312 Gangs and Gang Behavior 3 cr.
  • CRIM 313 White Collar Crime 3 cr.
  • CRIM 321 Race and Crime 3 cr.
  • CRIM 341 Introduction to Restorative Justice 3 cr.
  • CRIM 351 Women, Crime, and Justice 3 cr.
  • CRIM 359 Criminal Justice Politics and Policy 3 cr.
  • CRIM 379 Internship in Crime and Justice 6-12 cr.
  • CRIM 389 Special Topics in Crime and Justice 3 cr.
  • CRIM 399 Law Enforcement Certification 6–12 cr.
  • CRIM 441 Trends and Issues in Incarceration 3 cr.
  • CRIM 442 Alternatives to Incarceration 3 cr.

Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology

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