Criminology (BA)

Criminology (BA)


Criminology is the study of crimes, criminals, crime victims, theories explaining illegal and deviant behavior, the social reaction to crime and criminals, the effectiveness of anti-crime policies and the broader political terrain of social control. The major contains courses in sociology, other social science disciplines and the humanities. Students who are planning to attend graduate or professional schools and students who are currently working in criminal justice or other public service fields as well as those planning to do so in the future will find this major of interest.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

•     Know the core literature and debates that make up the discipline of criminology.

•     Understand the key components of criminological theory and apply theory to specific contexts. 

•     Understand the methods of criminological research.

•     Make reasoned and informed judgment on issues relating to crime and punishment.

•     Organize thoughts and communicate arguments effectively in writing.

Credits Required.

Criminology Major


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree


Coordinator. Professor Barry Spunt, Department of Sociology (212-237.8677,

Advising resources. Criminology and Sociology Advising, contact Visit the department's website for advising resources (course worksheet and advising handbook). Criminology Advising Resources.  Sample Four-Year Plan (for students who declared before Fall 2017 and beginning in Fall 2017).

Honors option. To qualify for honors in the major, a student must have completed the credit requirements for the major and have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in courses above the 100-level in the major. Credit for courses required as prerequisites for major courses applied to the major will not be calculated into the major cumulative grade point average. Students must have also earned at least a 3.2 overall cumulative grade point average. This honor will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in Fall 2017 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin.

FOUNDATION COURSES                                                                                            Subtotal: 3-6 credits

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
MAT 108 Social Science Math
MAT 141 Pre-Calculus
Advisor recommendation: SOC 101 will fulfill the Flexible Core: Individual and Society area and MAT 108 or MAT 141 can fulfill the Required Core: Math and Quantitative Reasoning area of the General Education program depending on students mathematics placement.

PART ONE. DISCIPLINARY REQUIREMENTS                                                  Subtotal: 15 credits

SOC 203 Criminology
SOC 314 Theories of Social Order
SOC 440 Senior Seminar (Criminology)
SSC 325 Research Methods in Criminology and Sociology
STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics

PART TWO. APPLICATIONS OF CRIMINOLOGY                                             Subtotal: 9 credits

Select three (two courses must be at the 300-level or above)
SOC 216 Probation and Parole: Theoretical and Practical Approaches
SOC 236/CRJ 236 Victimology
SOC 275 Political Imprisonment
SOC 301 Penology
SOC 308 Sociology of Violence
SOC 309 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 335 Migration and Crime
SOC 351 Crime and Delinquency in Asia
SOC 354 Gangs and Transnationalism
SOC 360/ECO 360 Corporate and White-Collar Crime
SOC 385 Selected Topics in Criminology 
SOC 420/CRJ 420 Women and Crime

PART THREE. ADVANCED METHODS                                                                Subtotal: 3 credits

Select one course
SOC 324 Advanced Social Statistics
SOC 327 Advanced Sociological Methodology
SOC 328 Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 329 Evaluation Research

PART FOUR. ELECTIVES                                                                                         Subtotal: 9 credits

A. Multi-Disciplinary Electives
Select one

AFR 215 Police and Urban Communities
AFR 317 Environmental Racism
ANT 230 Culture and Crime
ANT 330 American Cultural Pluralism and the Law
ANT 340 Anthropology and the Abnormal
ECO 315/PSC 315 An Economic Analysis of Crime
LAW 310/PHI 310 Ethics and Law
LIT 326 Crime, Punishment and Justice in U.S. Literature
LIT 327 Crime, Punishment and Justice in World Literature
LLS 325 Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice
LLS 341 Immigrant Rights in the Americas
PSC 216 Crime Mapping
PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 332 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 372 Psychology of Criminal Behavior

B. Sociology Electives 
Select two
SOC 201 Urban Sociology: The Study of City Life
SOC 202/PSY 202 The Family: Change, Challenges, and Crisis Intervention 
SOC 206 The Sociology of Conflict and Dispute Resolution
SOC 213/ PSY 213 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 222 Crime, Media and Public Opinion
SOC 240 Social Deviance
SOC 251 Sociology of Human Rights
SOC 282 Selected Topics in Sociology
SOC 302 Social Problems
SOC 305 The Sociology of Law
SOC 350 Social Change
SOC 377 Internships for Sociology
SOC 387 Faculty Mentored Research Experience in Sociology

                                                                                                                           Total Credit Hours: 39-42

                                                                                                                                  Last Updated: 01/30/18