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 43-46 credit hours, including 19-22 hours of prescribed core courses, 6 hours of approved sociology courses, and 18 hours of approved electives of which 9 can be from outside the Criminology and Sociology department.
Double Major in Criminology and Sociology
Students double majoring in criminology and sociology must complete 55-58 credit hours, including 19-22 hours of prescribed core courses, 18 hours of approved sociology courses, and 18 hours of approved electives of which 9 can be from outside the Criminology and Sociology department.
Minor in Criminology
Students minoring in criminology are required to complete 18 credit hours.
Criminology Major – 43-46 hours
Electives may not be used to fulfill more than one requirement in the major.
At least 3 hours of Criminology Electives at the 400 level must be chosen; only 9 hours outside the department.
* CJC transfer courses as approved by department head.
Other special topics in various departments if approved by adviser and department head.
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.