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Criminology / Program of Study

The criminology program applies sociological theory and research to the study of crime. Students learn about the nature and causes of crime, the prevalence of various types of crime, the problems associated with measuring crime, and mechanisms for the control of criminal behavior. Students also explore the impact of certain social problems and conflicts, including poverty, deviant behavior, and racial and gender inequality, and how society and policies address these issues.

Major in Criminology
Students majoring in criminology are required to complete 48 credit hours, including 21 hours of prescribed core courses, nine hours of approved criminology electives, six hours of approved sociology courses, three hours of political science courses and nine hours of approved related electives.

Double Major in Criminology and Sociology
Students double majoring in criminology and sociology must complete 60 credit hours, including 21 hours of prescribed core courses, nine hours of approved criminology electives, 18 hours of approved sociology courses, three hours of political science courses and nine hours of approved related electives.

Minor in Crime and Justice
Students minoring in crime and justice are required to complete 21 credit hours, including 12 hours of prescribed core courses and nine hours of approved sociology and political science electives.

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Required Major Courses

SOC-230 - Principles of Sociology (3.00 cr.)

SOC-231 - Social Problems (3.00 cr.)

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SOC-242 - Deviance and Society (3.00 cr.)

SOC-336 - Criminology (3.00 cr.)

SOC-374 - Social Research Principles (3.00 cr.)

SOC-489 - Social Theory (3.00 cr.)

SOC-496 - Applied Research (3.00 cr.)

MAT-175 - Statistics I (3.00 cr.)


Electives

9 hours of Criminology Electives chosen from the following. At least 3 hours of Criminology Elective at the 400 level must be chosen.

SOC-231 - Social Problems (3.00 cr.)

SOC-242 - Deviance and Society (3.00 cr.)

SOC-335 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3.00 cr.)

SOC-342 - Juvenile Delinquency (3.00 cr.)

SOC-437 - Corrections (3.00 cr.)

SOC-442 - The Color of Crime (3.00 cr.)

SOC-443 - Gender and Crime (3.00 cr.)

SOC-446 - Drugs and Society (3.00 cr.)

SOC-449 - Sociology of the Border (3.00 cr.)

6 credit hours from Sociology, not listed in the Criminology Electives above. At least 3 hours of General Sociology Electives at the 400 level must be chosen.

3 hours of Political Science Electives chosen from the following

POL-300 - Law and Society (3.00 cr.)

POL-301 - Constitution & Rights of Americans (3.00 cr.)

POL-305 - Introduction to Public Administration (3.00 cr.)

POL-340 - State & Local Political Systems (3.00 cr.)


Related Electives

Electives may not be used to fulfill more than one requirement in the major

CS-101 - Beginning Programming (3.00 cr.)

CS-156 - Web Site Design & Management (3.00 cr.)

FRE-206 - Introduction to Francophone Cultures (3.00 cr.)

GEO-203 - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3.00 cr.)

LEG-400 - Legal Survey (3.00 cr.)

LEG-401 - Legal Research (3.00 cr.)

POL-100 - American Political Systems (3.00 cr.)

POL-300 - Law and Society (3.00 cr.)

POL-301 - Constitution & Rights of Americans (3.00 cr.)

POL-305 - Introduction to Public Administration (3.00 cr.)

POL-340 - State & Local Political Systems (3.00 cr.)

PSY-320 - Abnormal Psychology (3.00 cr.)

SPA-206 - Intermediate Spanish II (3.00 cr.)

Or may be met by completing 9 hours at the 200-level or higher in any single course prefix from the following list: ACC, BIO, BUS, CHE, COM, CS, ECO, ENG, ESS, FRE, GEO, HED, HIS, MAT, PHY, POL, PSY, RES, SPA, SWK

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Lori Brown
Program Coordinator of Criminology
212 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8590
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