University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Sociology B.A. - Criminology

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 placements. The criminology concentration 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

General Education Requirements

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


Core Courses12
General Sociology Electives (at least two must be upper division)9
Criminology Concentration Requirements15
Total Hours36

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Note: Students in the Criminology concentration are not allowed to double major with Criminology

Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
SOCI 202Social Statistics3
SOCI 318Sociological Research Methods3
SOCI 455Classical Sociological Theory3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

General Sociology Electives

Complete three of the following courses, two of which must be 300-level or above:9
Sociology of Alternative Religions
Race, Gender & Class
Gender and Society
Sociology of Work
Social Stratification
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of Organizations
Rural Sociology
The Community
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Sociology, Psychology, and Social Structure
Capstone: Inequality and Social Justice
Sociology of Poverty
Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Environmental Sociology
Writing for Sociology
Addiction Studies
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Criminology Concentration Requirements

Concentration Core

Note: Students should complete SOCI 211S and SOCI 221 prior to taking advanced CRIM courses.

Complete all of the following courses:
SOCI 221Criminal Justice System3
SOCI 211SIntroduction to Criminology3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Concentration Electives

Complete three of the following courses:9
Juvenile Justice System
Sociology of Law Enforcement
Sociology of Punishment
Sociology of Corrections
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Deviant and Criminal Behavior
Internship SERV
Addiction Studies
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced Writing Courses

The following Sociology courses also fulfill the General Education Advanced Writing requirement:
Victims and Society
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Capstone: Inequality and Social Justice
Writing for Sociology