Criminology Major

Criminology Major

The Criminology major examines the nature of criminal law, the causes and consequences of criminal behavior, and societal responses to crime and offenders. The program is designed to approach the study of crime and crime problems primarily from a sociological perspective. Students must connect theoretical explanations of crime with empirical study. A unique feature of the program is its emphasis on social inequality and diversity. Students who earn the degree enter the field with greater understanding of social and cultural differences, and how these impact experiences and attitudes about crime, offenders, and the criminal justice system. Students are required to complete an internship. More generally, students earning a degree in Criminology receive a liberal arts education that enhances their critical thinking skills,  research proficiencies, and writing abilities. The Criminology major appeals to students interested in careers in adult and juvenile justice  systems-including law enforcement, the courts, corrections, counseling, non-profit/community organizations-as well as those contemplating  graduate degrees in criminology and related subjects.

Admission Requirements: Any student interested in studying criminology may declare a major in Criminology.

Requirements: Transfer students wishing to complete a major in Criminology must complete 21 of the credits applied to the major at Eastern. All Criminology majors must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 GPA in the required courses. Students majoring in Criminology may double count up to six credits in the LAC and major.

University Writing Requirements: Criminology majors satisfy the Tier II writing requirement  by taking SOC 350: Methods of Social Research. They satisfy the Tier Ill writing requirement by completing CRM 450: Criminology Senior Seminar.

Criminology Major: Degree Requirements
Required Courses
Introduction to Sociology3
CRM210Intro to Criminology3
SOC350Methods of Social Research4
SOC351Statistics for Social Research4
CRM410Criminological Theory3
CRM450Criminology Senior Seminar3
Choose 1 of the following:
CRM475Criminology Internship: Group Supervision3-6
CRM490Criminology Internship: Individual Supervision3-6
Crime Topics Electives (Choose 9 credits):
SOC101Criminal Justice and Society3
CRM105Criminal Justice and Community Relations3
SOC209Juvenile Delinquency3
SOC220Sociology of Corrections3
SOC310Women and Crime3
SOC311Drugs & Society3
SOC315Crime and Media3
SOC318Violence in Relationships3
SOC325Law & Society3
ANT358Anthropology of Violence3
CRM365Topics in Criminology3
CRM480Independent Study1-3
Social and Cultural Diversity Electives (Choose 9 credits):
SOC208Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Lives3
SOC240Sociology of Gender3
SOC250Social Inequality3
SOC312Sociology of Mental Illness3
SOC346Race & Ethnic Relations3
ANT225Contemporary Puerto Rican Culture and Society3
ANT240Latinos in the U.S.3
ANT345Transnational, Racial, and Ethnic Identity3


The student should come as close as possible to the following sequence:

Freshman year: SOC 100
Sophomore year: CRM 210
Junior year: SOC 350, 351
Senior year: CRM 410, 450, 475/490

Recommended Course Sequence, Major in Criminology (B.A.)
Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule.

First Year
ENG100College Writing3
MAT---Math Course Beyond Algebra II3
HPE104Foundation of Health & Wellness2
SOC100Introduction to Sociology3
FYI100First Year Introduction3
Liberal Arts Curriculum16-25
Second Year
Foreign Language Requirement0-6
CRM210Intro to Criminology3
SOC/CRM---One or two SOC/CRM courses12-21
Liberal Arts Curriculum
Third Year
SOC350Methods of Social Research-Fall4
SOC351Statistics for Social Research-Spring4
SOC/CRM---Courses in Area of Concentration3-6
Liberal Arts Curriculum
Criminology Major Requirements
Fourth Year
CRM410Criminological Theory -Fall3
CRM450Senior Seminar-Spring3
CRM 475/490 Internship
Total Credits120