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Criminology Major

Students interested in government, political science, psychology, forensics, social work, pre-law, police science, corrections, probation, parole, court administration, or any related academic field or career will find the minor in criminology academically and professionally rewarding. The major in criminology requires a minimum of 34 semester hours. Students majoring in criminology must select a minor or second major. However, students majoring in criminology may not have a second major in sociology.

Required (22 hours)

CRIM 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)*

SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology (3 hours)*

SOCL 302 Strategies of Social Research (3 hours)*

SOCL 309 Social Deviance (3 hours)*

CRIM 330 Criminology (3 hours)*

CRIM 332 Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)*

CRIM 380 Penology (3 hours)*

CRIM 499 Senior Seminar (1 hour)

Elective (12 hours)

CRIM 232 Introduction to Law Enforcement

CRIM 233 Alternatives to Confinement

CRIM 361 Race, Class, & Crime

CRIM 432 Sociology of Criminal Law

CRIM 434 Organized Crime

CRIM 437 The Death Penalty in America

CRIM 438 Victimology*

CRIM 439 Internship in Criminology*

CRIM 446 Gender, Crime & Justice

CRIM 451 White Collar Crime

SOCL 359 Sexuality & Society

SOCL 435 Family Violence

PS 220 Judicial Process*

PS 326 Constitutional Law

PS 328 Criminal Justice

PS 350 Political Terrorism

HIST 445 American Legal History to 1865

HIST 446 American Legal History Since 1865

SWRK 356 Services to Juvenile Offenders

PSY 440 Abnormal Psychology

PSY 441 Aspects of Alcoholism

PSY 470 Psychology and the Law

CHEM 430 Forensic Chemistry

PH 165 Drug Abuse*

ANTH 300 Forensic Anthropology


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 Last Modified 7/23/18