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Undergraduate Degree Programs

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Criminology

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (CRMBA)

PROFESSOR JOHN ICELAND, Head, Department of Sociology, and Crime, Law, and Justice

(The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology is offered by the Criminology Program in the Department of Sociology.)

This major provides students with a broadly based liberal education focused on the understanding and analysis of crime and justice systems. Students obtain a foundation of knowledge of the basic components of the criminal justice and legal systems as well as abilities to solve problems, think and read critically, and write effectively within the context of criminal justice and criminological research and theory.

The B.A. degree is suitable for students seeking entry-level positions in the criminal justice system and for students interested in graduate and law school. Students interested in acquiring strong quantitative skills should consider the B.S. degree.

For the B.A. degree in Criminology, a minimum of 121 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(4 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 16 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 40 credits[1]
(This includes 4 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (16 credits)
CRIM 100 GS(3)/CRIMJ 100 GS(3), CRIM 12 GS(3)/CRIMJ 12 GS(3)/SOC 12 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CRIM 249(3), STAT 200 GQ(4), CRIM 250(3) (Sem: 1-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
Select 3 credits from: CAS 283(3), CMPSC 100(3), CMPSC 101 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from: SOC 1 GS(3), SOC 3 GS(3), or SOC 5 GS(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits from the core courses: CRIM 430(3), CRIM/CRIMJ 432(3), CRIM 435(3), CRIM/CRIMJ 451 US(3), CRIM/CRIMJ/WMNST 453 US(3), CRIM/CRIMJ/SOC 467(3), CRIM 490(3) (Sem: 5-8) 
Select 6 credits from non-core CRIM/CRIMJ courses at the 400 level (Sem: 5-8): (including no more than 3 credits of LA 496, CRIM 494, or CRIM 499)
Select 6 credits in race, ethnicity and gender: AA 100 GA;IL(3); AA 101 US(3); AMST 105 GH;US(3); AMST 432(3); ANTH 146 GS;US(3); CAS 271 US;IL(3); CAS 455 US(3); CAS 471 US;IL(3); CMLIT 101 GH;US;IL(3); CRIM 451 US(3); CRIM 453 US(3); ENGL 135 GH;US(3); ENGL 139 GH;US(3); ENGL 462 US(3); HIST 154 GH;US(3); PHIL 9 GH;US(3); PSYCH 432 US(3); SOC 103 US(3); SOC 119 GS;US(4); SOC 409 US(3); SOC 419 US(3); SOC 429(3); WMNST 1 GS;US;IL(3); WMNST 104 GH;US(3); WMNST 136 US(3) (Sem: 1-8)


[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 46-01-104

Review Date: 8/22/2017

UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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