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 249*

Criminology Theory and Evidence


CRIM 250W*

Research Methods in Criminology


*Important Note: CRIM 249 and 250W are prerequisites for 400 level CRIM courses (effective Fall 2019)

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 of the following 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
CRIM 490 Crime Policy

Select 6.0 credits from non-core courses at the 400 level: (choose two)

(including no more than 3 credits of LA 495, LA 496, CRIM 494, CRIM 499)

Select 6.0 credits in race, ethnicity or gender: (choose two)
AA International Arts
AMST 105 Popular Culture and Folklife
AMST 432 Ethnicity and the American Experience
ANTH 146 Indigenous North America
CAS 271 Intercultural Communications
CAS 455 Gender Roles in Communication
CAS 471 Intercultural Communication Theory and Research
CMLIT 101 Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature
CRIM 451 Race, Crime, and Justice
CRIM 453 Women and the Criminal Justice System
ENGL 135 Voices in American Literature
ENGL 139 African American Literature
ENGL 462 Reading Black, Reading Feminist
HIST 154 Welfare and Poverty in the United States
PHIL 9 Philosophy, Race, and Diversity
PSYCH 432 Multicultural Psychology in America
SOC 103 Racism and Sexism
SOC 119 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 409 Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
SOC 419 Race and Public Policy
SOC 429 Social Stratification
WMNST 1 Introduction to Women's Studies
WMNST 104 Women and the American Experience
WMNST 136 Race, Gender, and Employment

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.

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 Competency in a Major.
  • 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 credits

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