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What's Criminology? 

Criminology is the study of crime, deviant behavior, social control, and the law.

Why major in Criminology?

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The Criminology Major will provide students with in-depth exposure to all facets of criminology from a multidisciplinary perspective.  Crime is an important topic at all levels—local, state, national, and international. Divisive issues relating to race and criminal justice, police brutality, prison overcrowding, sexual assault, terrorism, just to name a few, consistently adorn media headlines and are part of community and campus conversations. Policies surrounding crime and criminal justice that affect individuals, families, and communities are implemented on a daily basis. Regardless of fluctuations in the crime rate, crime and our response to it will continue to be a major issue on all levels with far reaching impacts. A major in Criminology at the University of Utah prepares students to deal with these critical issues.  
 
Through exploration of theoretical and applied social science research, students will learn about many aspects of crime as a social phenomenon. This exploration will include empirical research on crime and criminal behavior, the tools and methods used to study and prevent crime, issues relating to criminal law, offenders, victims and victims’ rights, and the agencies involved in the processing and sanctioning of juvenile and adult offenders. The Criminology Major prepares students for careers in social and human service occupations related to criminal, juvenile, and social justice. It also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in criminology, criminal justice, other social sciences, and law.

Criminology Major Program Curriculum

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The curriculum includes 30 to 34 required course credits (this is variable because a couple of the courses used interchangeable are either 3 or 4 credit hours, so it will vary depending upon which course the student selects).

In addition to the above requirements, students are required to take Criminology Major elective courses. Students are required to take one course in the general criminology area (three credits) and one in the criminal justice area (three credits). Then, they can take any four electives from either area (twelve credits).  The research and internship can as elective hours. Thus, the students will take 18 Criminology Major elective credit hours. The overall major is a total of 48-52 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Minimum Degree Hours

122

Minimum Major Hours

48

Graduation Requirements

  • 18 credit hours from the major must be completed at the University of Utah
  • Major courses must be completed with a C- or better
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Degree Requirements

    Required Courses
    45 - 51Total Credits
     
    • Complete all of the following
      Foundational Courses
    • Complete at least 3 of the following:
      • SOC1010 - Introduction to Sociology (4)
      • PSY1010 - General Psychology (4)
      • POLS1100 - U.S. National Government (3)
      • ANTH1010 - Culture and the Human Experience (3)
      • FCS1500 - Lifespan Human Development (3)
         
        Core Courses
    • Complete the following:
      • SOC1111 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
      • SOC3561 - Criminology (3)
      • POLS3220 - Jurisprudence of Criminal Law (3)
      •  SW2500 - Evidence-Based Social Work Practice in Criminal Justice (3)

        Ethics & Value Theory Course
    • Complete at least 1 of the following:
    • Complete at least 1 of the following:
      • FCS3200 - Research Methods in Family and Consumer Studies (4)
      • POLS3001 - Political Analysis (3)
      • PSY3010 - Research Methods in Psychology (4)
      • SOC3111 - Research Methods (3)

     

    Statistical Analysis Course

     

    • Complete at least 1 of the following:
      • FCS3210 - Statistics in Family and Consumer Studies (4)
      • GEOG3020 - Geographical Analysis (4)
      • PSY3000 - Statistical Methods in Psychology (4)
      • SOC3112 - Social Statistics (4)
      • ECON3640 - Probability and Statistical Inference for Economists (3)
      • ANTH4250 - Spatial Analysis in Anthropology (3)

     

    Criminology Course

     

    • Complete at least 1 of the following:
      • ANTH4138 - Anthropology of Violence and Non-Violence (3)
      • ECON3150 - The Economics of Sex, Drugs, and Crime (3)
      • FCS3430 - Family Advocacy and Policy (3)
      • FCS5230 - Adolescence (3)
      • FCS5370 - Family Violence (3)
      • FCS5380 - Family Problems (3)
      • GEOG5320 - Geography of Terrorism and Homeland Security (3)
      • POLS5450 - Political Violence/Terrorism (3)
      • PSY3220 - Childhood and Adolescent Development (3)
      • PSY3250 - Abnormal Child Psychology (3)
      • PSY3260 - Social Development (3)
      • PSY3400 - Psychology of Abnormal Behavior (3)
      • PSY3410 - Social Psychology (3)
      • PSY3440 - Personality Theories (3)
      • PSY3960 - Psychology and Social Issues (3 - 5)
      • PSY4450 - Intergroup Relations: Our Prejudices and Stereotypes (3)
      • SOC3020 - Social Psychology (3)
      • SOC3510 - Special Topics in Deviance, Crime & the Law (3)
      • SOC3560 - Deviant Behavior and Social Control (3)
      • SOC3562 - Juvenile Delinquency (3)
      • SOC3565 - Women and Crime (3)
      • SOC3566 - Society and the Criminal Mind (3)
      • SOC3567 - Corporations and Corruption (3)
      • SOC3569 - Terrorism, Violence, and Aggression (3)
      • SOC3570 - Gangs and Gang Violence in the U.S. (3)
      • SOC3571 - Murder in America (3)
      • SOC4566 - Sexual Assault (3)
        • Criminal Justice Course
        • Complete at least 1 of the following:
          • ANTH2220 - Intro to Forensic Anthropology and the Science" of CSI" (3)
          • ANTH4272 - Forensic Anthropology (3)
          • ECON5380 - Law and Economics (3)
          • FCS5282 - Conflict and Mediation (3)
          • GEOG3340 - Geography of Disasters and Emergency Management (3)
          • LING4150 - Forensic Linguistics (3)
          • POLS3200 - Introduction to Law and Politics (3)
          • POLS5120 - Judicial Process (3)
          • POLS5212 - Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
          • POLS5250 - Corrections Administration (3)
          • SOC3570 - Gangs and Gang Violence in the U.S. (3)
          • SOC3563 - Good Cop, Bad Cop: Policing in the U.S. (3)
          • SOC3564 - Locked Up!: Courts and Corrections (3)
          • SOC3568 - Sociology of Law (3)
             
            Electives
        • Complete at least 12 credits from the following types of courses:
          Electives can be completed from the Criminology and/or Criminal Justice course sections or the Undergraduate Research or Internship sections.
        Research/Internship (Optional)
        4 - 18 Total Credits
         
        • Complete all of the following
          Undergraduate Research
        • Complete at least 1 of the following:
          • ANTH4950 - Undergraduate Research (1 - 6)
          • FCS5950 - Undergraduate Research (1 - 4)
          • GEOG5950 - Undergraduate Research (3 - 5)
          • POLS4950 - Undergraduate Research (1 - 4)
          • PSY4800 - Research Experience: General (1 - 6)
          • PSY4802 - Research Experience: Cognitive (1 - 6)
          • PSY4803 - Research Experience: Neuroscience (1 - 6)
          • PSY4804 - Research Experience: Clinical (1 - 6)
          • PSY4805 - Research Experience: Developmental (1 - 6)
          • SOC3950 - Individual Research (1 - 3)
        • Complete at least 1 of the following:
          • SOC4891 - CSBS Internship: Criminology (3)
          • HNKLY4900 - Internship: Local (3 - 12)
        Grand Total Credits: 49 - 69
Last Updated: 10/16/18