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Criminology

Criminology majors study the nature, extent, causes, control, and prevention of criminal behavior in both the individual and society.

What You'll Study

As a Criminology major, you'll analyze law and the criminal justice system, study the causes and consequences of crime, and critique social responses to crime.

Criminology includes:

  • The examination of evidence
  • Hereditary, psychological, and social causes of crime
  • Various modes of investigation and conviction
  • The efficiencies of differing styles of punishment, rehabilitation, and corrections

 

 

What's Next?

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Major Requirements

Required Courses
15 Credit Hours
MAT
223
Statistics
CRM
160
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CRM
260
Criminology
SOC
301
Criminology Research Methods
CRM
470
Senior Seminar in Criminology
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Elective Courses
27 Credit Hours
Students must take at least nine (9) elective hours at the 300 level and nine (9) hours at the 400 level from courses in the departments of social sciences.
Courses taken as CRM electives cannot also be used to satisfy another major or minor.
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Pre-Law Enforcement Electives (choose at least two)
6+ Credit Hours
CRM
303
Sociology of Law
CRM
368
Police in Society
CRM
440
Criminal Selected Topics
CRM
468
Social Aspects of Terrorism
CRM
462
Victimology
CRM
341/441
Criminology Selected Topics POLICE RELATED
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Law Electives (choose at least two)
6+ Credit Hours
LAW
341
American Constitutional Issues: The Federal System
LAW
342
American Constitutional Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties
LAW
355WI
American Constitutional Issues
LAW
371
Criminal Court System and Process
LAW
372
Criminal Law
LAW
373
Criminal Procedure
And such other LAW 240, 340, 440, 491, 492, and 493 courses as from time to time are approved by the Criminology Coordinator on the recommendation of the Director of the Law Program.
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Criminological Research Electives (choose at least two)
6+ Credit Hours
CRM
365
Juvenile Delinquency
CRM
367
Corrections
CRM
341/441
Criminology Selected Topics ANY
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Separate Cross-listed Electives
PSY
323
Abnormal Psychology
ANT
360
Forensic Anthropology
PSY
460
Substance Abuse
PSY
440
Forensic Psychology
SOC
201
Contemporary Social Problems
SOC
101
Introduction to Sociology
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Minor Requirements

Students choosing to minor in Criminology will analyze law and the criminal justice system, study the causes and consequences of crime, and critique social responses to crime. Students minoring in Criminology must take the following 18 credit hours:

Required Courses
18 Credit Hours
CRM
160
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CRM
260
Criminology
CRM
303
Sociology of Law
Nine additional credit hours of electives.
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