Criminology, BA

The major in Criminology enables students to acquire a theoretical and methodological framework for generating and assessing knowledge about crime and social control. The program draws upon disciplines from statistics to neuroscience to develop a liberal arts approach to the subject of crime.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Core Requirements
CRIM 1000Criminology1
CRIM 1100Criminal Justice1
CRIM 4000Research Seminar in Experiments in Crime and Justice1
Socio-Political Context of Crime
Select 3 Socio-Political Context of Crime courses3
Bio-Psychological-Social Analysis of Crime
Select 3 Bio-Psychological-Social Analysis of Crime courses3
Criminal Justice Research
Select 2 Criminal Justice Research courses2
Select 3 Criminology electives3
Total Course Units34

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Students completing a minor elective track are exempt from the 2 course units of Criminology electives.


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major. 

CRIM 4001Senior Research Thesis1.0


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.