Course Requirements

Major Requirements

The requirements are as follows, with up to 2 approved substitutions allowed upon departmental approval.

Successful completion of the Criminology major requires a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and satisfactory performance in the 400 level research seminar (e.g. CRIM410).  A "D" grade is not considered satisfactory performance.

Requirements for Criminology Major (non-Honors)

14 Credit Units (CUs): 6 Core Criminology Courses, 1 400-level Criminology Capstone Course, and 7 Cross-departmental Courses.

  • Criminology Courses (6 CUs, or substitutes indicated)
    • CRIM 100 - Criminology
    • CRIM 150 - Evidence-Based Crime and Justice Policy
    • CRIM 200 - Criminal Justice
    • CRIM 260 - Crime and Human Development (or PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology)
    • CRIM 280 - Neighborhood Dynamics of Crime (or SOCI 140 - Sociology of Conflict)
    • CRIM 300 - Law and Criminal Justice
    • CRIM 370 - Biosocial criminology
  • Research Capstone Seminar in Criminology (1 CU)
    One 400-level course (CRIM 410-412)
  • Socio-Political Context of Crime (4 CUs)
    • Any four of the following:
      • ENGL 16 - Discipline and Punish: Crime and Criminality in Early America
      • HIST 168 - History of American Law to 1877
      • HIST 169 - History of American Law since 1877
      • HIST 352 - Legal History: English Fundamentals
      • PHIL 077 - Philosophy of Law
      • PHIL 277 - Justice, Law and Morality
      • PHIL 278 - Comparative Law
      • PSCI 130 - Introduction to American Politics
      • PSCI 271 - American Constitutional Law
      • SOCI 125 - Classical Sociological Theory
      • SOCI 135 - Law and Society
      • SOCI 140 - Sociology of Conflict
  • Bio-Psychological Analysis (3 CUs)
    Any three of the following:
    • BIBB 109 - Intro to Brain and Behavior
    • PSYC 001 - Intro to Psychology
    • PSYC 162 - Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 160 - Personality
    • PSYC 125 - Drugs, Brain and Mind
    • PSYC 149 - Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSYC 170 - Social Psychology
    • PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology

Requirements for Departmental Honors

14 Credit Units (CUs): 6 Core Criminology Courses with minimum GPA of 3.4, 1 400-level Criminology Capstone Course, Senior Thesis, and 6 Cross-departmental Courses.

  • Criminology Courses (6 CUs, or substitutes indicated)
    • CRIM 100 - Criminology
    • CRIM 150 - Evidence-Based Crime and Justice Policy
    • CRIM 200 - Criminal Justice
    • CRIM 260 - Crime and Human Development (or PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology)
    • CRIM 280 - Neighborhood Dynamics of Crime (or SOCI 140 - Sociology of Conflict)
    • CRIM 300 - Law and Criminal Justice
    • CRIM 370 - Biosocial criminology
  • Research Capstone Seminar in Criminology (1 CU)
    One 400-level course (CRIM 410-412)
  • Senior Thesis (1 CU)
    CRIM 450 - Senior Research Thesis
  • Socio-Political Context of Crime (3 CUs)
    • Any three of the following:
      • ENGL 16 - Discipline and Punish: Crime and Criminality in Early America
      • HIST 168 - History of American Law to 1877
      • HIST 169 - History of American Law since 1877
      • HIST 352 - Legal History: English Fundamentals
      • PHIL 077 - Philosophy of Law
      • PHIL 277 - Justice, Law and Morality
      • PHIL 278 - Comparative Law
      • PSCI 130 - Introduction to American Politics
      • PSCI 271 - American Constitutional Law
      • SOCI 125 - Classical Sociological Theory
      • SOCI 135 - Law and Society
      • SOCI 140 - Sociology of Conflict
  • Bio-Psychological Analysis (3 CUs)
    Any three of the following:
    • BIBB 109 - Intro to Brain and Behavior
    • PSYC 001 - Intro to Psychology
    • PSYC 162 - Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 160 - Personality
    • PSYC 125 - Drugs, Brain and Mind
    • PSYC 149 - Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSYC 170 - Social Psychology
    • PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology