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
Humanities and Fine Arts

6

SOCI 101  3
POLS 101 3
MATH 211 3
Approved Lab Science 4
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
MATH 101 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0
Approved General Education Electives2

10

Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
CRIM 101 3
Two of the following:
CRIM 210CRIM 214CRIM 250 
6
CRIM 309  3
CRIM 350  3
CRIM 390  3
CRIM 403  3
CRIM 490 3
CRIM 499 1

SOCI 202 

3
SOCI 398 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
2 public administration or law courses
POLS 217POLS 308POLS 311POLS 312POLS 313 or POLS 386
6
1 security course
CIS 243POLS 325POLS 391POLS 445SOCI 389 or SOCI 397
3
1 sociological course
SOCI 301SOCI 322SOCI 328SOCI 331 or SOCI 399
3
   
Total Major Program Requirements 43
Additional Electives 35
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