Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Criminology Majors

Criminology (CRIM) Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree 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.

A minimum of 121 credits is required for graduation.  All major requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better 

Requirements for the Major:

40 credits

For the complete list of requirements, please visit the University Bulletin by clicking here.

Important Note: CRIM 249 and 250W are prerequisites for most 400 level CRIM courses.

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. 

Note: Internship credits will be counted towards elective credits, unless approved by the internship coordinator to meet  the departments requirements for LA 495.

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 Residency in a Major, as per University Policy.
  • Change of Location Students must take CRIM 249 and 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 Credit 

Electives:
Minimum of 16

First Year Engagement:

(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

Writing Across the Curriculum:

(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

United States Cultures and International
Cultures Courses

(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)