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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology BA

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Roughly one in every three people in the United States has a criminal record. But what causes someone to commit a crime? What impact can crime have throughout a neighborhood? How does the criminal justice system reinforce racism?

As a criminology major, you’ll ask tough questions about a topic that affects nearly every aspect of society, from health and housing to education and the environment. And then you’ll learn where to find the clues to help answer them.

Visit the Criminology academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Sociology department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Criminology BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements


*May substitute PSY 350  or SSC 213  with the addition of 3 credit hours of sociology electives

**May substitute CEP 207 ECO 480 NSG 295 PSC 408 PSY 207 , or STA 119  and STA 119  with the addition of 3 credit hours of sociology electives

***May count SOC 495  once, for 3 credits, as an elective course

Total Credits Required for Major: 37

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.Transfer credit policy:  

Minimum grade of C required in SOC 101 SOC 206 SOC 293 SOC 294 SOC 307  and SOC 317  , or approved substitutes.

Transfer credit policy:  The department accepts up to 5 transferred classes or up to 16 credit hours (whichever limit is reached first) of appropriate sociology/criminology courses toward the major requirements. Course descriptions and syllabi may need to be provided.

Program Honors

Students eligible to enroll in Program Honors have junior or senior standing, achieve a department and overall GPA of at least 3.25 and complete six (6) honors credits in the department, normally over two semesters. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15-16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 14-15

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

  • Criminology Elective Credits: 3
  • Criminology Elective Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • 300-400 level Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

  • Criminology Elective Credits: 3
  • Criminology Elective Credits: 3
  • 300-400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • 300-400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • 300-400 level Elective Credits: 1

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • Criminology Elective Credits: 3
  • Criminology Elective Credits: 3
  • 300-400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • 300-400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • 300-400 level Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Criminology BA, students should be able to:

Identify the major research methods used by sociologists, compare and contrast the utility and relevance of a range of methods to the study of different social issues, and apply some basic research methods to the analysis of social issues;

Obtain knowledge of basic social science statistical methods and be able to conduct basic statistical analyses;

Identify and understand key criminological theories, as well as key findings from criminological research;

Think critically and sociologically about crime and criminality.  This may entail:

  • Understanding causal theories of crime, deviance, and/or juvenile delinquency, and the issues related to defining, measuring, and explaining crime, deviance, and/or delinquency;
  • Identifying and challenging popular misconceptions about crime and understand how and why they are perpetuated;
  • Understanding how social inequality, including class, race, and gender inequalities, relate to crime and criminality;
  • Understanding how criminological theories are applied in everyday social life, especially in law and social policy;

Knowing how to acquire and evaluate data associated with crime and justice issues, and acquire the skills needed to assess the validity and reliability of such data.


(HEGIS: 22.09 CRIMINOLOGY, CIP45.0401 Criminology)


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