Program Requirements

Hours: 66

Major Courses - 42 hours

CRM 103Foundations of Criminal Justice (3) LAS

CRM 105Elements of Inquiry (3)

CRM 217Cops, Bobbies & Thief-Takers (3) LAS

CRM 218Victimology (3) LAS

CRM 220Judges, Juries & Justice (3) LAS

CRM 293Juvenile Delinquency (3) LAS

CRM 295Prisons, Punishments & Penalty (3) LAS

CRM 298Bringing Justice Home (3) LAS

CRM 300Critical Issues in Criminology (3) LAS

CRM 370The Whys of Crime (3) LAS

CRM 372Comparative Criminal Justice/Criminology (3) LAS

CRM 375Criminology Research I (3)

CRM 376Criminology Research II (3)

CRM 400Senior Thesis (3)

Cognate Courses – 12 hours

LGS 151Intro Legal Principles (3) S

SOC 103Our Social World (3) S/CS

PSY 103Introduction to Psychology (3) S/CEP

MTH 174Statistics I (3) MA/CMA


MTH 176Stats I With SPSS (3) MA/CMA

Major Electives  - 12 hours - Select 12 hours of additional CRM courses from the following:

CRM 225Sex Crimes (3) LAS

CRM 230Questioning Crime:Predicting, Reducing,Preventing (3) LAS

CRM 235Crimes of Technology (3) LAS

CRM 240Crime & Media (3) LAS

CRM 292Forensic Psychology (3) LAS

CRM 390The Mad & The Bad (3) LAS

CRM 392Managing the Guardians (3) LAS

CRM 395The Who, What & Where of Crime (3) LAS

CRM 397Controlling the Unruly Masses (3) LAS

CRM 406Truth & Justice (3) LAS

CRM 407Law & Society (3) LAS

CRM 408Biosocial Criminology (3) LAS

IDS 321US/UK Comp Law & Crim Justice (3) IDS

A grade of "C" or higher is required in all major, minor and cognate courses.

Criminology majors must earn at least 50% of their major credits at Mount St. Joseph University. In addition, no more than 6 credit hours of independent study and/or consortium/online courses may be used toward graduation requirements. Students may earn up to 3 service learning credits and/or CRM 396/CRM 496 Co-op credits in addition to major, cognate and major elective requirements.

Recommended minors for the Criminology major are: Forensic Science, Legal Studies, Leadership and Civic Engagement, or Sociology.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the criminology major will be able to:

  • Define, explain, and use the correct terminology applicable to the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components and functions of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections)
  • Articulate the historical development of key issues, policies, and practices in criminology and criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research and analyze crime data
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the link between theoretical foundations of crime and the development of crime policy
  • An understanding of the ethical and social justice implications of criminology and criminal justice