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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. The department offers an active internship program and encourages all majors to enroll in at least one internship course while in good academic standing at the university. Students may take up to six internship credits.

Core Courses (Recommended Sequence)

Freshman Year

  • SOC 205 Sociology of Crime and Justice

Sophomore Year

  • SOC 202 Research Methods (this course is only offered in the Fall semester)
  • SOC 301 Statistical Analysis for Social Science (this course is only offered in the Fall semester)

Junior Year

  • SOC 317 Criminological Theory (this course is only offered in the Fall semester)
  • SOC 340 Catholic Social Doctrine and Justice

Senior Year

  • SOC 452 Senior Seminar (this course is only offered in the Spring semester).

All majors must complete the above core required curriculum with a grade of “C” or better and an additional six elective courses offered by the Department of Sociology. To fulfil the requirements for one of the tracks, students must take at least three courses within the track and pass these courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better. Majors who complete the core requirements for one or more tracks will be awarded a certificate of completion upon graduation. We expect all Criminology majors to complete the above core courses (exempting SOC 452) before the senior year.

All students enrolled in the major are required to successfully pass either a comprehensive examination or a senior thesis.  The senior thesis is under the supervision of two faculty advisors selected by the student pursuing the thesis option.  Any student with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher may opt to complete the senior comprehensive or the thesis as part of her/his capstone experience.

In addition to the above listed core courses, students are required to take six elective courses.


Criminology Electives

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology or SOC 102 global Social Problems
  • SOC 204 Transnational Crime
  • SOC 208 Sociology of Delinquency
  • SOC 226 Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • SOC 270 Human Rights in a Global Society
  • SOC 305 Deviance and Social Control
  • SOC 306 Sociology of Masculinity
  • SOC 309 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 310 Police, Law, and Society
  • SOC 315 Crimes in Urban America
  • SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • SOC 322 Military and Society
  • SOC 324 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 332 Popular Culture and Crime 
  • SOC 335 Surveillance
  • SOC 350 Computer Applications to Policy  Research
  • SOC 357 National Security and Civil Liberties
  • SOC 365 Controlling America's Borders: Issues and Problems
  • SOC 371 Deviance and Control
  • SOC 380 Forensic Policies and Issues (in preparation)
  • SOC 407 Pillaging, Murder, and Mayham: A Survey of Violent Crime
  • SOC 408 Religion and Terrorism
  • SOC 415 Criminal Behavior
  • SOC 424 Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • SOC 450 Race Relations in Feature Films
  • SOC 451 Senior Thesis Tutorial
  • SOC 493 Independent Research
  • SOC 495 Sociology Internship