Criminology Concentration

Criminology has been an area of study within sociology since the inception of the discipline at the turn of the twentieth century. Contemporary criminology examines the making of laws, the nature and extent of crime, the causes of crime, and society's efforts to control crime through the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The concentration builds upon the required course work in sociology and allows students to pursue extended study of crime and the criminal justice system. In addition, the concentration provides opportunity for practical experience in juvenile and criminal justice systems through internship placement. The criminology cocentration prepares students for employment in public and private criminal justice agencies, as well as graduate study in sociology, criminal justice, and law.


Bachelor of Arts - Sociology; Criminology Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 39

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: No more than 60 sociology credits may count toward graduation.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower Core Courses6
Upper Core Courses6
Major Content Courses12
Upper Division Writing Course3
Criminology Concentration15
Total Hours42

Lower Core Courses

Rule: Both courses are required

SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
SOCI 202Social Statistics3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Core Courses

Rule: Both courses are required

SOCI 318Sociological Research Methods3
SOCI 455Classical Sociological Theory3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Major Content Courses

Rule: Choose 4 of the following courses. 2 must be numbered 300 or above.

Note: Students may count only 1 course from their respective option as a major content course.

Select 12 credits with 6 credits at the 300 level or above from the following:12
Introduction to Criminology
Juvenile Delinquency
Race, Gender & Class
Intro Development Sociology
Gender and Society
Sociology of Work
Social Stratification
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of Organizations
Rural Sociology
The Community
Population and Society
Soc Psych and Social Structure
Environmental Sociology
Political Sociology
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Writing Course

Note: A non-sociology upper division writing course from another department may be substituted for this requirement with departmental consent.

Select one of the following:3
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Capstone: Inequal and Soc Just
Capstone: Rural and Env Change
Writing for Sociology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Criminology Concentration

Rule: Complete 15 concentration credits

Concentration Core

Note: Students should complete this core before taking any Criminology elective courses. The chosen course cannot count towards the major content course requirement.

SOCI 221Criminal Justice System3
SOCI 211SIntroduction to Criminology3
or SOCI 330 Juvenile Delinquency
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Concentration Electives

Select three of the following:9
Criminal Adjudication
Juvenile Justice System
Sociology of Law Enforcement
Sociology of Corrections
Law and Society
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-