Majoring in Criminology

Courses in the Criminology Program integrate theory and application into a broad foundation of both scientific and humanistic knowledge about crime and society. All students complete an internship and an original empirical senior thesis as part of their major requirements. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills and the application of values to the content of the criminology curriculum. The knowledge and skills gained during the program are crucial to successful performance in graduate school and are also highly valued by a wide variety of potential employers who hire criminology majors directly after graduation.

Total program: 60 semester hours

Prerequisite Courses: 8 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
SOC 250 Introduction to Sociology 4
SOC 305 Quantitative Analysis 4

Core Requirements: 16 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
SOC 390 Research Methods 4
SOC 497 Internship 4
Senior Capstones

Two Capstone Courses (e.g., SOC 499A and 499B or two SOC 499C courses)

4, 4

Breadth Requirements: 20 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
SOC 321 Juvenile Delinquency 4
SOC 322 Introduction to Criminology 4
SOC 326 Criminal Justice System 4
SOC 345 White-Collar Crime 4
SOC 350 Law and Society 4

Area 1: 8 semester hours


Choose two courses:

Code Course Title Units
ANTH 262 Forensic Investigations 4
SOC 320 Sociology of Deviance 4
SOC 329 Correctional Systems 4
SOC 342 Urban Crime Patterns 4
SOC 360 The Death Penalty 4
SOC 375 Drugs and Society 4

Area 2: 8 semester hours


Choose two courses:

Code Course Title Units
SOC 315 Race and Ethnicity 4
SOC 317 Health, Wealth, and Poverty 4
SOC 330 Social Class and Inequality 4
SOC 341 Urban Sociology 4
SOC 348 Social Networks 4
SOC 371 Birth, Migration, and Aging 4
SOC 380 Political Economy of Crime 4