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Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology Major

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Criminology is defined as the scientific and interdisciplinary study of the nature, extent, causes, control, and prevention of criminal behavior in both the individual and society. Criminology also includes the examination of evidence, hereditary, psychological, and social causes of crime, various modes of investigation, and conviction, and the efficiencies of differing styles of punishment, rehabilitation, and corrections. The major requires completion of 42 credit hours: 15 hours of required coursework and 27 hours of elective coursework. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue independent research and internship experiences in the local community. Internship positions are available to students of junior or senior standing who have obtained a minimum cumulative average of 3.0 and permission from the instructor. Internship hours do not count toward a major area of concentration or toward minor areas of study in social sciences.

Elective Course Credits (27 Hours)

Students must take at least nine (9) elective hours at the 300 level and nine (9) hours at the 400 level from courses in the departments of social sciences. Courses taken as CRM electives cannot also be used to satisfy another major or minor.

At Least Two Courses from Each of the Following Three Categories:


And such other LAW 240 , LAW 340 , LAW 440 , LAW 491 , LAW 492 , and LAW 493  courses as from time to time are approved by the Criminology Coordinator on the recommendation of the Director of the Law Program.

Category III - Criminological Research

Separate Cross-listed Electives Approved to Count Toward the Criminology Major Elective Requirement :

The following courses may be counted toward the 27 hours of required Criminology major electives:

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