Criminology

The criminology major introduces you to the complexities of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, prisons and rehabilitation opportunities.

Preparing You for Success

You learn both the theoretical and practical concerns of crime and justice. Courses explore the root causes of crime and the best ways society and its systems can address concerns. The major gives you a broad background in history, sociology, political science and other fields as you examine topics such as criminal law, diversity, ethics, psychology and violence.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • An internship with the U.S. Marshall’s office, a prison, local police, county courts or other agencies
  • Research with classmates and faculty
  • Networking and career development through the Criminal Justice Students Organization

Making Your Mark

Criminology majors are equipped for any branch of the justice system. Recent graduates have found jobs as law enforcement officers and administrators for the F.B.I, Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service. Graduates have also found careers as correctional counselors and educators, victim and witness advocates, juvenile justice counselors, judges and policy analysts. Others attended graduate school at DePaul University and St. Louis University before pursuing careers.

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 18 hrs.

  • CJS 110: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - 3 hrs.
  • CJS 225: Criminal Law - 3 hrs.
  • CJS 250: Police Organization and Administration - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 201: Violence, Crime, and Punishment in U.S. History - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 202: State and Local Government - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 100: The Sociological Perspective - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 209: Scope and Methods of Political Science - 3 hrs.
    or SOC: 240 Research Methods - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 309: History of U.S. Law Enforcement - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 360: Judicial Politics - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 419: Introduction to Public Administration - 3 hrs.
    or PLS 420: Public Management - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 330: Perspectives on Deviance - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 480: Internship in Political Science - 1-6 hrs.
    or SOC 391: Internship in Applied Sociology - 1-3 hrs. 
    and SOC 392: Internship in Applied Sociology - 1-3 hrs.

Elective Group A (choose two) - 6 hours

  • SOC 331: Correctional Policies & Society - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 332: Juvenile Delinquency - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 333: Sociology of Violence - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 334: Crime & Society - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 390: Topics in Sociology - 3 hrs.

Elective Group B (choose one) - 3 hours

  • SOC 302: The Sociology of Diversity - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 312: Social Inequality - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 313: Race, Ethnicity and Power - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 342: Social Policy - 3 hrs.

Strongly Recommended Electives (not required)

  • CJS 130: Introduction to Investigation - 3 hrs.
  • CJS 230: Introduction to Computer Forensics - 3 hrs.
  • CJS 330: Advanced Computer Forensics - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 303: American Urban History - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 440: Public Policy Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 422: Urban Politics - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 459: Constitutional Law - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 460: Constitutional Law - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 322: Self and Social Interaction - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 340: Demography and Urban Studies - 3 hrs.