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

Criminology Minor

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Course Requirements

Criminology Core (6 credits)


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

Total Credits Required for Minor: 18

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

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.
  • At least 12 of the 18 credits in the criminology minor must be 300- to 400-level. Students may substitute one elective with a course from outside the Department of Sociology, with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • No more than two courses may be used to satisfy credit requirements in the student’s major, other minors, or programs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Think critically and sociologically about crime and criminality;
  • Identify and understand the theories, methods, and findings of key research conducted by criminologists;
  • Understand causal theories of crime, deviance, and/or juvenile delinquency, and the issues related to defining, measuring, and explaining crime, deviance, and/or delinquency;
  • Identify and challenge popular misconceptions about crime and understand how and why they are perpetuated;
  • Understand how social inequality, including class, race, and gender inequalities, relate to crime and criminality;
  • Understand how criminological theories are applied in everyday social life, especially in law and social policy;
  • Know 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.

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