Criminology B.A.

Requirements for the Major: 34 credits

(This includes 4 credits of General Education GQ courses.)




STAT 200

Elementary Statistics(GQ)


CRIM 100

Intro to the Criminal Justice System



Intro to Criminology


CRIM 250W*

Research Methods


*Important Note: CRIM 250W is a prerequisite for most 400 level CRIM courses

Choose 3 credits from: (choose one)
CAS 283, CMPSC 100, or CMPSC 101 Computer Science
Choose 3 credits from: (choose one)
SOC 001, 003, or 005 Sociology
Select 6.0 credits from the core courses: (choose two)
CRIM 430 Corrections
CRIM 432 American Court System
CRIM 435 Policing in America
CRIM 451 Race, Crime, and Justice
CRIM 453 Women and the Criminal Justice System
CRIM/SOC 467 Law and Society
Select 6.0 credits from: (choose two)
CRIM/SOC 406 Sociology of Deviance
CRIM 413 Advanced Criminological Theory
CRIM 421  Violent Crime in the United States
CRIM 422 Victimization
CRIM 423  Sexual and Domestic Violence
CRIM 425 Organized Crime
CRIM 441 The Juvenile Justice System
Additional 400-level courses:3 credits (choose one)
CRIM 4XX Any 400-level CRIM course

Sample Four Year Academic Plan (University Park Campus)

Sample Four Year Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campus)

Note: While CRIM 294, 296, and 494 provide students with terrific opportunities and learning experiences, these credits may NOT be counted in fulfillment of the Criminology major requirements. They may, however, be used as elective credits to count toward the credit requirement for graduation. Internship credits are only used towards electives.

Note: Internship credits will be counted towards elective credits, unless approved by the internship coordinator to meet a general 3 credit 400 level SOC course requirement.

Important Notes for Change of Location Students

  • 24 of the credits related to the primary area of study stipulated under "requirements for the major" must be completed at University Park, as per the requirement, Establishing Competency in a Major.
  • Change of Location Students should take CRIM 250W at University Park. CRIMJ 250W will only be used as elective credits.

General Education: 45 credits
(4 credits are included in the Requirements for the Major)

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements: 24 credits

Electives: Minimum of 17

First-Year Seminar:
(Included in Electives or General Education course selection)

Writing Across The Curriculum:
(Included in Requirements for the Major)

United States Cultures & International Cultures Courses:
(Included in Electives or General Education course selection)