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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 49 credit hours, including 22 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 61 credit hours, including 22 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 Criminology
Students minoring in criminology are required to complete 18 credit hours.

Minor in Forensic Studies

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Criminology Major - 46-49 hours
Required Major CoursesSOC - 100: Principles of Sociology (3 cr.)
SOC - 236: Criminology (3 cr.)
SOC - 374: Social Research Principles (3 cr.)
SOC - 480: Community Internship (varied course cr.)
SOC - 489: Social Theory (3 cr.)
SOC - 495: Professional Development (1 cr.)
SOC - 496: Research Capstone (3 cr.)
or
SOC - 498: Honors Thesis in Sociology (3 cr.)
MAT - 175: Statistics I (3 cr.)

Criminology Electives chosen from the following: (9 credit hours)At least 3 hours of Criminology Electives at the 400 level must be chosen.
SOC - 242: Deviance and Society (3 cr.)
SOC - 335: Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)
SOC - 337: Corrections (3 cr.)
SOC - 342: Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr.)
SOC - 343: Sociology of Murder (3 cr.)
SOC - 410: Women and Politics (3 cr.)
SOC - 421: Gender and Violence (3 cr.)
SOC - 442: The Color of Crime (3 cr.)
SOC - 443: Women and Crime (3 cr.)
SOC - 446: Drugs and Society (3 cr.)
SOC - 449: Sociology of the Border (3 cr.)
SOC - 480: Community Internship (varied course cr.)
General Sociology Electives (6 credit hours)
Six hours in SOC. At least 3 hours at the 400 level must be chosen.

Political Science Electives (3 credit hours)POL - 200: Law and Society (3 cr.)
POL - 301: Civil Liberties (3 cr.)
POL - 302: Civil Rights Law (3 cr.)
POL - 305: Public Administration (3 cr.)
POL - 340: State & Local Political Systems (3 cr.)
POL - 401: Moot Court (3 cr.)
Related Electives chosen from the following: (9 credit hours)
Electives may not be used to fulfill more than one requirement in the major
CS - 190: Beginning Programming (3 cr.)
CS - 156: Web Site Design & Management (3 cr.)
FRE - 206: Introduction to Francophone Cultures (3 cr.)
GEO - 203: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3 cr.)
LEG - 400: Legal Survey (3 cr.)
LEG - 401: Legal Research (3 cr.)
POL - 100: American Political Systems (3 cr.)
POL - 200: Law and Society (3 cr.)
POL - 301: Civil Liberties (3 cr.)
POL - 302: Civil Rights Law (3 cr.)
POL - 305: Public Administration (3 cr.)
POL - 340: State & Local Political Systems (3 cr.)
POL - 401: Moot Court (3 cr.)
PSY - 320: Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
SPA - 206: Intermediate Spanish II (3 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, ART, BIO, BUS, CHE, COM, CS, DAN, ECO, ENG, ESS, FRE, GEO, HED, HIS, MAT, MUS, PHY, POL, PSY, RES, SPA, SWK, THE

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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Meredith College prepares women graduates for careers in criminology through a focus on leadership development, multiple internships, and opportunities to connect with local, state, and national professionals in the field.

Criminology

Meredith College prepares women graduates for careers in criminology through a focus on leadership development, multiple internships, and opportunities to connect with local, state, and national professionals in the field.

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Contact Information
Lori Brown
Program Coordinator, Criminology
212 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8590
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