Majoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology

This major is designed for students planning careers in law enforcement or criminal justice, or for those wishing to advance their current career in a criminal justice related field.

For those seeking an online criminology degree, La Verne’s Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice & Criminology can also be completed entirely online.

Degree Requirements

Total program: 52 semester hours

Supportive Courses

8 semester hours

SOC 250Introduction to Sociology4
SOC 303Applied Quantitative Analysis4
Total Semester Hours8

Core Requirements

12 semester hours

SOC 390Research Methods4
SOC 401Criminological Theory4
SOC 498Senior Capstone Project4
Total Semester Hours12

Breadth Requirements

8 semester hours

SOC 322Introduction to Criminology4
SOC 326Criminal Justice System4
Total Semester Hours8


8 semester hours

Select two of the following:8
ANTH 262
Forensic Investigations
SOC 320
Sociology of Deviance
SOC 321
Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 329
Correctional Systems
SOC 342
Urban Crime Patterns
SOC 345
White-Collar Crime
SOC 350
Law and Society
SOC 375
Drugs and Society
SOC 380
Political Economy of Crime
Or other advisor approved criminology course(s)
Total Semester Hours8

Racial Justice and Tolerance (RJT) Breadth Requirements

16 semester hours

SOC 315Race and Ethnicity4
SOC 330Social Class and Inequality4
8 semester hours from the following: 8
SOC 270
Social Problems
SOC 317
Health, Wealth, and Poverty
SOC 325
Racism & Anti-Racism Through Film
SOC 335
Black Experience in the U.S.
SOC 336
Latino Experience
SOC 337
Asian-American Experience
SOC 338
Native American Experience
SOC 341
Urban Sociology
HSTY 315
Intro to Latinx Histories
PSY 409
Multicultural Psychology
Other Advisor Approved RJT course(s)