Degree Type: B.A.
CIP Code 45.0401
Major Code CCJ
Department Code CJP
Degree Website Criminology

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology provides students with the skills and knowledge needed in the wide variety of agencies that comprise the criminal justice system: these include law enforcement, detention, the judiciary, corrections, juvenile justice and probation and parole.  Also, the undergraduate program prepares criminology students to pursue a graduate degree in criminology or related disciplines.

Mission

The undergraduate program in Criminology introduces students to the theory, issues and methodology of the causes of crime and the criminal justice system. The program provides students with the critical thinking skills necessary for the consumption and production of criminological research. Upon graduation, students must be able to delineate the main theoretical explanations of crime and delinquency, demonstrate knowledge of research methods used in the fields of criminology and criminal justice, and provide an understanding of the structure and process of the U.S. system of criminal justice. Criminology students are required to take a capstone course where they produce a research paper to demonstrate their competencies in the above areas.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for the B.A. degree in Criminology develops the ability to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of the U.S. system of criminal justice
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical explanations of crime and delinquency
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of research methods used in the fields of criminology and criminal justice
  4. Demonstrate the ability to construct sound arguments based on inductive and deductive thinking
  5. Develop clear, concise, correct, and convincing writing appropriate to the discipline

Policies

Students majoring in Criminology must meet all degree requirements of USFSM and the CAS, as well as the following:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours in the major coursework taken within the USF System

Prerequisites

There are no State-Mandated Common Prerequisites or program prerequisites for the Criminology degree.

Program of Study

A minimum of 36 semester hours is required of all undergraduate majors in Criminology, although students may elect to take more.

Required Degree Core (15 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I 3 C (2.0) or better in High
School Algebra or
Elementary Algebra CPT
score of 72 or better
Should be taken as early as
possible
CCJ 3024 Survey of the Criminal Justice System 3 None
CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior 3 CCJ 3024; Junior Standing
CCJ 3701 Research Methods in Criminal Justice I 3 Junior Standing and grade of C or better (C- not acceptable) in CCJ 3117 (Request permit for waiver of prerequisites)
CCJ 4939 Senior Capstone Seminar (Variable Topics) 3 CCJ 3024, CCJ 3117, CCJ 3701 Should be taken in the last semester at USFSM.

Required Degree Electives

The remaining 7 courses (21 credit hours) may be chosen from any upper-level Criminology courses.  Below is a sample listing of courses offered at USFSM, but this list is not conclusive:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
CCJ 3621 Patterns of Criminal Behavior 3 Junior Standing
CCJ 4604 Abnormal Behavior & Criminality 3 CCJ 3117; Junior Standing
CCJ 4900 Directed Readings 1-3 CCJ 3024, CCJ 3117, CCJ 3621 No more than 4 credits can used for elective credit
 CCJ 4910  Directed Research  1-3  CCJ 3024, CCJ 3117, CCJ 3621  No more than 4 credits can used for elective credit
CCJ 4930 Critical Issues in Policing 3 CCJ 3024 or CJE 4114
CCJ 4933 Selected Topics:

  • Corrections Administration
  • Police and Delinquency
  • Minorities and Crime
  • Crime in the Information Age
3 None May be taken multiple times, as long as topics differ.
CCJ 4934 Seminar in Criminology 3 Senior standing, a grade of C or better (a grade of C- is not acceptable) in CCJ 3701. Cannot be used for core capstone credit.
 CCJ 4940  Internship For Criminal Justice Majors  3  CCJ 3024, CCJ 3621, CCJ 3117
CJC 4010 American Correctional System 3 CCJ 3024  or CCJ 3117; Junior Standing
 CJC 4166  Alternatives to Incarceration  3  CCJ 3024 or CCJ 3117; Junior Standing
CJE 4010 Juvenile Justice System 3 CCJ 3024  or CCJ 3117; Junior Standing
CJE 4610 Criminal Investigations 3 CCJ 3024 or CCJ 3117
 CJL 3110  Substantive Criminal Law  3  CCJ 3024, CCJ 3117; Junior Standing
 CJL 3502  Introduction to Courts  3  None
CJL 4410 Criminal Rights & Procedures 3 CCJ 3024; Junior Standing

Electives and Minors

The requirements for the Criminology degree allow for electives outside the major.  Students are encouraged to use these credits to pursue a minor that will broaden and enrich their major studies.  Students may elect to pursue any minor; however, the following minors at USFSM would well complement a Criminology degree: Biology, Political Science, International Studies, Psychology, History, or Sociology.