Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 
    Apr 22, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Criminology is the scientific study of the making and breaking of laws, including society’s reaction to both and focuses on all of the relevant parties involved in crime, including the victim, offender, society, and the criminal justice system. More specifically, students who select the Criminology major will spend time exploring issues such as: why crime happens; why certain groups become victims of crime; what type of crime takes place most often; the consequences of crime for the victim, offender, and community; how the criminal justice systems responds to crime, victims, and offenders; how crime is defined in the United States and outside the United States; and, how crime might be prevented. The Criminology program will prepare students to work in a variety of areas related to crime and in various parts of the criminal justice system, as well as preparing them to enter graduate and professional programs in criminology, criminal justice, social work, and law.

Criminology Requirements

The Criminology Major requires 45 total credits.  Twenty one (21) credits of required major courses, Nine credits (9) of support courses, three (3) credits of Criminology electives.  An area of Concentration, comprised of twelve (12) credits is also required. Concentration areas are in: General Criminology, Criminal Justice System, Juvenile Justice or Restorative Justice.

General Criminology Concentration

  • 2 Criminology Courses at the 2000 level
  • 2 Criminology Courses at the 3000 or 4000 level

Restorative Justice Concentration