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Criminology Major: BA Degree Requirements

Students earning a degree in Criminology receive a liberal arts education that enhances their critical thinking skills, research proficiencies, and writing abilities. 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.

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.

Students are required to complete an internship

Admission Requirements

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

Required Courses

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits
CRM 210 Intro to Criminology - 3 credits
SOC 350 Methods of Social Research - 4 credits
SOC 351 Statistics for Social Research - 4 credits
CRM 410 Criminological Theory - 3 credits
CRM 450 Criminology Senior Seminar - 3 credits CRM 475 Criminology Internship: Group Supervision or CRM 490 Criminology Internship: Individual Supervision 3-6 credits

Crime Topics Electives (Choose 9 credits)

CRM 101 Criminal Justice and Society - 3 credits
CRM 105 Criminal Justice and Community Relations - 3 credits
SOC 209 Juvenile Delinquency - 3 credits
SOC 220 Sociology of Corrections - 3 credits
SOC 310 Women and Crime - 3 credits
SOC 311 Drugs & Society - 3 credits
SOC 315 Crime and Media - 3 credits
SOC 318 Violence in Relationships - 3 credits
SOC 325 Law & Society - 3 credits
ANT 358 Anthropology of Violence - 3 credits
CRM 365 Topics in Criminology - 3 credits
CRM 480 Independent Study - 1-3 credits

Social and Cultural Diversity Electives (Choose 9 credits)

SOC 208 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Lives - 3 credits
SOC 240 Sociology of Gender - 3 credits
SOC 250 Social Inequality - 3 credits
SOC 307 Deviance - 3 credits
SOC 312 Sociology of Mental Illness - 3 credits
SOC 346 Race & Ethnic Relations - 3 credits
ANT 225 Contemporary Puerto Rican Culture and Society - 3 credits
ANT 240 Latinos in the U.S. - 3 credits
ANT 345 Transnational, Racial, and Ethnic Identity - 3 credits