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Undergraduate Catalog 2015 - 2016 
Undergraduate Catalog 2015 - 2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology, B.A.

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Minimum credit hours required for degree: 120

Minimum credit hours required for major: 30

Admission to major: No requirement other than good academic standing in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Major-Field Requirements


Students must complete five elective courses. At least 4 of these 5 electives must be at the 300/400 level, and at least 3 of the 5 electives must be from the Criminology Group A electives.

Although a student is free to complete the major requirements with any combination of Sociology electives, the department believes that the major program is greatly strengthened and better organized when there is judicious selection of electives.  The department makes available to every student who declares a major in Criminology an Undergraduate Advisor.  The student is expected to plan a total academic program with the assistance of the departmental advisor.

Internships in Criminology

Students may qualify for an internship in Criminology (SOC 491 ) by achieving an overall GPA of 3.0 in the major or minor, completion of the required courses, and junior or senior standing. Students who qualify must arrange an internship with the departmental coordinator (call 216-687-4500). Internships may be for up to 6 credit hours. However, only 3 of these hours may be applied toward the requirements for the major.

Honors Program/University Scholars Requirements

  • Students must complete a two semester research course in their senior year at the end of the year, they are required to produce a research paper and present it to the faculty (and they are encouraged to present it at a professional meeting as well).
  • Students must complete an additional elective course, at the graduate level.

All of this is an additional 12 hours beyond the normal requirements in the major.

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