Course Requirements

Major Requirements

**NOTE** For all students admitted to Penn for Fall 2015 and forward, our newly revised curriculum will apply. Please see the new requirements here.

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