Department of Criminology

BA in Criminology

The Criminology Program offers a four-year bachelor of arts (BA) degree in criminology. The program provides students with a liberal arts education focused on 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. A grade of "C" or better is required in any course used for criminology major credit.

Required Courses (24 credits)
     CRM 100 Introduction to Criminology
     CRM 216 White-Collar Crime
     Choose one Research Methods course from the following: 
          CRM 220 Research Methods in Criminology
          SOC 301 Qualitative Research Methods
          SOC 307 Quantitative Research Methods
          SBS 329 Research Methods
          SWO 333 Social Work Research I
     CRM 310 Classical Theories of Social Order
     CRM 317 Gender and Crime
     CRM 365 Race and Punishment
     CRM 395 Internship (3 credits)
     CRM 401 Comparative Criminology

Elective Courses (12 credits)
Students must choose four elective courses (12 hours) from the following list:
     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 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 365 Race and Punishment
     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.

Year Required Courses Elective Courses
1 Introduction to Criminology  
2 White-Collar Crime  
  Research Methods  
3 Race and Punishment Electives
  Gender and Crime  
  Classical Theories of Social Order  
4 Internship Electives
  Comparative Criminology