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B.A. in Criminology

Effective Spring 2017, the department introduced the new Criminology major.  This area of study focuses on the root causes and implications of crime in societies, the preventive strategies that could control such social behavior, and approaches the study of crime from an evidence-based and Catholic Social Justice perspective. 

To fulfil the requirements for the major, students must complete 36 credit hours, of which six are core course requirements to satisfy the major.

Core Course Requirements

·         SOC 202 Research Methods
·         SOC 205 Sociology of Crime and Justice
·         SOC 301 Social Statistics
·         SOC 317 Criminology
·         SOC 340 Catholic Social Doctrine and Justice
·         SOC 452 Senior Seminar
All students enrolled in the major are required to successfully pass either a comprehensive examination or senior thesis.  The senior thesis is under the supervision of two faculty advisors selected by the students pursuing the thesis option.  Any student with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher might opt to complete the senior comprehensive or the thesis as part of its capstone experience.
In addition to the above listed core courses, students are required to take six elective courses.