Criminology and Criminal Justice BS

General Education Requirements

Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. Courses used to fulfill the social science or state requirement may not be taken from courses in the major. Foreign language proficiency is not required, although students are encouraged to take foreign language courses. Majors may not take the following courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis: criminology and criminal justice courses; SOC 3220, Quantitative Techniques in Sociology; or SOC 3230, Research Methods. Additionally, substitutions approved by departmental advisers for these courses may not be taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis.

Declaring the Criminology and Criminal Justice Major

Students must complete the following courses before declaring the major:

CRIMIN 1100Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice3
CRIMIN 1110Theories of Crime3
CRIMIN 2210Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice3
CRIMIN 2220Statistical Analysis In Criminology And Criminal Justice 14

Degree Requirements

Courses used to fulfill the social science or state requirements may not be taken from courses in the major. Students may register for 3000-5000 level courses only after completing ENGL 3100 (Advanced Expository Writing).

Students may register for 3000-5000 level courses only after prerequisites have been satisfied or after obtaining a signature from the adviser in criminology and criminal justice or consent of the instructor.

Criminology majors may not take course numbers 1100, 2260, or 3345 offered through UM-Independent Studies to fulfill degree requirements in the major.

Core Curriculum

 Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice candidates must complete the core curriculum listed below:

Core Curriculum
The following courses in criminology and criminal justice are required: 22
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Theories of Crime
Criminal Law
Criminal Justice Policy
Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Statistical Analysis In Criminology And Criminal Justice
Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Select one of the following:3
Policing
Courts
Corrections
Select one of the following courses in Criminology and Criminal Justice:3
Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Violence Against Women
Race, Crime, and Justice
Select three additional CRIMIN courses at the 3000, 4000, or 5000 level: 9
Total Hours37

Candidates must earn a minimum grade of (C-) in the following courses: CRIMIN 2220 Statistical Analysis in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and CRIMIN 4390 Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Candidates must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the major.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking to reflect a depth, breadth and integration of knowledge in the key areas of criminology and criminal justice, law, theory, research methods, statistics, and criminal justice policy.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the three areas of the criminal justice system: policing, courts, and corrections.
  • Students will analyze the role that class, race, gender and culture play in crime and criminal justice.
  • Students will be able to evaluate and report research findings and data in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Graduates will be able to formulate and assess research questions, recognize the need for information and the knowledge to procure that information from relevant scholarly literature and databases, design research projects grounded in theory and scholarship, and evaluate data critically.
  • Graduates will be able to build upon internship and service-learning experiences to apply theory into practice in the public and private sectors.

 Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311CRIMIN 11103
ENGL 11003CRIMIN 11203
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
CRIMIN 11003EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
Elective or minor3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CRIMIN 21303CRIMIN 2240, 2250, or 22603
CRIMIN 22103CRIMIN 22204
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3CORE - US History and Government5
EXPLORE - Social Scienes3 
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CRIMIN 3000+ level course3CRIMIN 3000+level course3
Cultural Diversity Requirement3Elective or minor12
ENGL 31003 
Elective or minor6 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CRIMIN 3000+ level course3CRIMIN 43903
Elective or minor12CRIMIN 3000+ level course3
 Elective or minor9
 15 15
Total Hours: 121

PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.