The purpose of the Criminology major is to produce students who can use their knowledge for successful careers related to law, law enforcement (corrections, policing, etc.), criminology, government service, homeland security, or social service agencies with prevention programs for at-risk youth or working with populations having criminal behaviors.

criminal justice classThe major seeks to create critical thinkers who can analyze the subject of security from multiple perspectives and within local, state, national, and international contexts—all increasingly blurred in today’s globalized world.

Goals and Objectives:

Criminology majors will:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts, processes, and institutions;
  2. demonstrate the ability to think critically;
  3. demonstrate written and oral communication skills; and
  4. demonstrate the ability to apply concepts and theories.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 211

Statistical Methods I

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
 
  SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  POLS 101

American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
CRIM 101 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 210 Corrections, Probation, and Parole
OR CRIM 250 Community Relations and Policing
3
CRIM 309  Juvenile Delinquency
OR CRIM 403 Criminological Theory
3
SOCI 398 Methods of Social Research 3
CRIM 490 Internship 3
CRIM 499 Capstone Experience 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS

Category #1 (select 2)
CRIM 214CRIM 271CRIM 221POLS 217 

6

Category #2 (select 3)
CRIM 350CRIM 371CRIM 390CRIM 407CRIM 408CRIM 409
POLS 308POLS 311POLS 312POLS 313POLS 325POLS 386
SOCI 301SOCI 322SOCI 328

9
   
Total Major Program Requirements 33
Additional Electives 52
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses