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School of Education & Social Policy

Criminology Program of Study

Major Requirements

Before entering the Criminology & Criminal Justice program, students are required to take Introduction to Criminology (CRM 1000). This prerequisite course gives students baseline knowledge for all courses taught in the department.

Satisfying the requirements for the major in Criminology & Criminal Justice includes completing a minimum of 40 credits in the major and a minimum of 10 courses as specified below. For a major, students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average in their major courses.

The following five courses are required of all Criminology & Criminal Justice majors:

  • CRM 1000 - Introduction to Criminology 
  • CRM 3000 Society and Law 
  • CRM 4000 Research Methods in Criminology (offered in Fall)
  • CRM 4500 Statistics in Criminology (offered in Spring)
  • CRM 4800 Criminology Internship  OR
  • CRM 4850 Criminology Internship 

Criminology & Criminal Justice majors select five electives from the following courses:

  • CRM 2000 Youth, Deviance, and Crime  
  • CRM 2200 Corporate and White Collar Crime 
  • CRM 2300 Hate Crimes
  • CRM 2500 The Death Penalty
  • CRM 2600 Policy and Prevention in the Public Sphere
  • CRM 2800 Search and Seizure
  • CRM 2900 Police Culture
  • CRM 3050(W) Female Deviance, Crime and Social Control 
  • CRM 3380(W) Race, Class and Crime 
  • CRM 3430 Criminal Justice and Mental Health 
  • CRM 3500 Domestic Violence 
  • CRM 3900 Incarceration 
  • CRM 4900 Directed Study
  • CRM 4910 Directed Study
  • CRM 5001 Advanced Topics in Criminology

OR THREE Criminology & Criminal Justice electives can be chosen from the following list of cognate courses. Cognates are courses related to the field of Criminology, but offered outside of the department.

  • SOC 2050 Social Work
  • PHL 2500 Theories of Justice
  • PHL 3020 Philosophy of Law
  • PHL 3030 Global Justice
  • POL 3150 Criminal Law
  • POL 3151 American Constitutional Law
  • PSY 3340 Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSY 3410 Adult Psychopathology