Criminology and Law Studies Degree Requirements

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Criminology and Law Studies Major

Criminology and law studies major consists of 33 credit hours including 7 required courses:

  • CRLS 1001: Introduction to Criminology
  • CRLS 2500: Criminal Court Process
  • CRLS 3050: Criminological Research Methods
  • CRLS 3100. Carceral Systems
  • CRLS 3300: Police and Society or CRLS 3350: Police Organization and Administration
  • CRLS 4400: Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CRLS 4997: Capstone Seminar


Students also need to take four electives from a variety of criminology courses offered by our full-time and part time faculty. Credits received by participating in the Interdisciplinary Internship Program can be used toward the degree as one of the elective courses.

In addition to CRLS courses, up to two of the following courses can count toward CRLS major:

  • ANTH 4320 Culture, Law and Violence 
  • MLSC 2050 Forensic Science 
  • SOCI 3600 Deviance and Social Control 
  • SOCI 4600 The Social Reality of Crime and Justice 
  • SOCI 4660 Law and Society 
  • SOWJ 2300 Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice
  • SOWJ 3320 Victim Services and Policies
  • PHIL/HIST 3751.  Philosophy and HIstory of Crime and Punishment.

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