The community engagement concentration in criminology provides students an opportunity to connect criminological knowledge and methods learned in the classroom to the surrounding community. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor and community-based organizations to learn job skills and create an advocacy project to create positive and meaningful change.
Students will complete the three core criminology courses (9 credits) plus three community engagement core courses (7 credits). Additionally, they will complete 21 credits of criminology electives, including at least 12 credits of upper division electives.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the criminology major, students should be able to demonstrate:
- A comprehension of and the ability to critically assess and compare the major criminological theoretical perspectives.
- An ability to understand, interpret, and apply various research methodologies in the field of criminology
- An ability to apply criminological theories and methods to substantive issues and in order to understand social problems and inform crime-related social policy.
- An ability to engage in critical thinking about various aspects of social life and organization, including crime and criminal justice institutions.
Specific Program Requirements
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3)||3|
|Additional General Education Requirements||32|
|Certificate or Minor + Electives||18|
Inclusive of a minimum of 40 upper division credits.
Specific Core Requirements
|CRIM 101||Introduction to Criminology||3|
|CRIM 205||Research Methods||3|
|CRIM 310||Criminological Theory||3|
Specific Core Requirements
|SOC 388||Community Engagement||3|
|SOC 388L||Community Engagement Lab||1|
Specific Elective Requirements - Choose 21 credits from the list of approved Criminology electives
|Approved Criminology Electives for major 12 credits must be upper division||21|
|CRIM 203||The Criminal Justice System||3|
|CRIM 252||Understanding Lived Experiences||3|
|CRIM 261||Introduction to Cannabis Studies||3|
|CRIM 291||Special Topics||1-3|
|CRIM 304||Race and Crime||3|
|CRIM 305||Women & Crime||3|
|CRIM 306||Delinquency and Juvenile Justice||3|
|CRIM 321||Cross-Cultural Perspective on Crime||3|
|CRIM 361||Advanced Cannabis Studies||3|
|CRIM 401||Crime and Justice Studies||3|
|CRIM 405||Law & Society||3|
|CRIM 407||Family Violence||3|
|CRIM 410||Structural & Elite Crime||3|
|CRIM 411||Police and Society||3|
|CRIM 413||Patterns of Homicide||3|
|CRIM 418||Crime, Drugs, & Social Policy||3|
|CRIM 422||Terrorism and Mass Murder||3|
|CRIM 425||Gangs in Contemporary America||3|
|CRIM 426||Collective Violence and Rioting||3|
|CRIM 453||Inside-Out Prisoner Exchange||3|
|CRIM 455||Hate Crimes||3|
|CRIM 491||Special Topics||1-3|
|CRIM 495||Independent Study||1-3|
Specific Graduation Requirements
Students must earn a grade of C or higher in any class counted toward the major.
SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology is required for the major and can count toward social science general education requirement.
Majors will select a certificate or minor in consultation with a faculty advisor.