2013-14 Catalogs

BA in Criminology

The Department of Criminology offers a four-year program leading to a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in criminology. The program provides students with a liberal arts education whose focus is the complex relations among crime, law, and society, and which emphasizes the social sciences. The curriculum is a rigorous series of courses which provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of crime and crime control in contemporary, historical, and comparative perspective. The core of the curriculum is an integrated set of required courses. These courses are designed as a cumulative set of experiences and should be taken in sequence if possible. Elective courses enable students to place their criminological interests in a broader perspective.

Many students in the program are interested in social and human service occupations related to criminal, juvenile, and social justice. The program also prepares students for a wide variety of other career options and provides an excellent basis for graduate study in criminology, other social sciences, and law.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major: 36.

Required Courses (24 credits)
     CRM 100 Introduction to Criminology
     CRM 216 White-Collar Crime
     CRM 220 Research Methods in Criminology
     CRM 301 Criminological Theory
     CRM 317 Gender and Crime
     CRM 330 Crime and Social Control
     CRM 334 Law and State
     CRM 401 Comparative Criminology

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students are also required to choose four elective courses (12 hours) from the following courses:
     CRM 217 Crime in Maine
     CRM 222 Field Studies in Informal Social Order
     CRM 225 Crimes against the Environment
     CRM 230 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
     CRM 310 Classical Theories of Social Order
     CRM 320 Film and Social Order
     CRM 325 Domestic Violence
     CRM 327 Animal Abuse
     CRM 337 Youth Crime
     CRM 340 Criminal Law
     CRM 345 Criminology in Sweden
     CRM 350 Topics in Criminology
     CRM 360 The Death Penalty
     CRM 370 Reflexive Criminology
     CRM 375 Media, Crime, and Criminalization
     CRM 380 Restorative Justice
     CRM 390 Independent Projects
     CRM 395 Internship
     CRM 402 Senior Seminar

Recommended Course Sequence

Curriculum Summary and Guide

The criminology curriculum is a series of structured and integrated courses that should be taken in sequence if possible.

YearRequired CoursesElective Courses
1Introduction to Criminology 
2White-Collar Crime 
 Research Methods in Criminology 
3Crime and Social ControlElectives
 Gender and Crime 
 Criminological Theory 
4Law and StateElectives
 Comparative Criminology