Program Requirements

Hours: 66

Major Courses - 39 hours

CRM 103 Foundations of Criminal Justice (3) LAS
CRM 105 Elements of Inquiry (3)
CRM 217 Cops, Bobbies & Thief-Takers (3) LAS
CRM 218 Victimology (3) LAS
CRM 220 Courts in America (3) LAS
CRM 293 Juvenile Delinquency (3) LAS
CRM 295 Corrections (3) LAS
CRM 300 Critical Issues in Criminology (3) LAS
CRM 361 Professionalism and Decisionmaking in Criminal Justice (3) LAS
CRM 370 Criminological Theory (3) LAS
CRM 372 Comparative Criminal Justice/Criminology (3) LAS
CRM 375 Criminology Research (3)
CRM 400 Senior Thesis (3)

Cognate Courses – 12 hours

LGS 151 Legal Principles (3)
MTH 174 Statistics I (3) CMA
PSY 103 Introduction to Psychology (3) CEP
SOC 103 Our Social World (3) CS

Major Electives  - 15 hours - Select 15 hours of additional CRM courses from the following

CRM 104 Introduction to Criminalistics (3) LAS
CRM 204 Bullies & Bullets:Victimization in Schools (3)
CRM 206 Crime & Constitution (3) LAS
CRM 207 Animals and Criminal Justice (3) LAS
CRM 208 Serial Murder (3) LAS
CRM 210 Drugs and Crime (3) LAS
CRM 223 Guns,Crime and American Society (3)
CRM 225 Sex Crimes (3) LAS
CRM 230 Crime Prevention (3) LAS
CRM 235 Crimes of Technology (3) LAS
CRM 240 Crime & Media (3) LAS
CRM 292 Forensic Psychology (3) LAS
CRM 306 White Collar Crime (3)
CRM 307 Fraud Examination (3)
CRM 392 Managing Criminal Justice Organizations (3) LAS
CRM 395 Criminal Investigation (3) LAS
CRM 397 Social Deviance (3) LAS
CRM 407 Law & Society (3) LAS
CRM 408 Biosocial Criminology (3) LAS
LGS 321 US/UK Comp Law & Crim Justice (3) 

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

Students majoring in Criminology with a Justice Studies concentration cannot also complete a minor in Criminology.

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, Sociology or Victim Studies.

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.