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 220Courts in America (3) LAS

CRM 293Juvenile Delinquency (3) LAS

CRM 295Corrections (3) LAS

CRM 298Community Justice (3) LAS

CRM 300Critical Issues in Criminology (3) LAS

CRM 370Criminological Theory (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 230Crime Prevention (3) LAS

CRM 235Crimes of Technology (3) LAS

CRM 240Crime & Media (3) LAS

CRM 292Forensic Psychology (3) LAS

CRM 390Crime and Mental Illness (3) LAS

CRM 392Managing Criminal Justice Organizations (3) LAS

CRM 395Criminal Investigation (3) LAS

CRM 397Social Deviance (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
  • Understand the ethical and social justice implications of criminology and criminal justice.