Criminology, Law, and Justice Bachelor of Science requirements

This degree is for students seeking additional quantitative methods experience, which will help students develop skills needed in graduate school, data analysis, or careers in research. Here are some career options.

To earn a BS degree in Criminology, Law, and Justice, students must complete a minimum of 48 semester hours. This includes CRIM coursework plus additional hours of quantitative methods from Sociology.

Introductory Courses - choose 2: 

  • CRIM:1410 Criminology (GE course - Social Sciences)
  • CRIM:1447 Intro the Criminal Justice System
  • SOC:1010 Introduction to Sociology (GE course - SS) OR SOC:1020 Social Problems (GE course - SS)

Required Courses - students must complete all of these

  • SOC:2130 Sociological Theory
  • CRIM:2470 Research Methods in Criminology OR SOC:2170 Research Methods
  • SOC:4910 Capstone Class in Sociology and Criminology OR CRIM:4800 Research Practicum in Criminology OR CRIM:4400 Internship in Criminal Justice and Corrections
  • SOC:4909 Graduation Portfolio (taken in last semester)

Quantitative Course requirements 

  • Starting in fall 2017, students will be required to take coursework in advanced statistics
  • Prior to 2017, students are required to take coursework in calculus and one statistics course


BS students complete elective course work in Criminology, Law, and Justice, chosen from CRIM courses offered by the department. Ideally, students will enroll in introductory courses prior to taking upper-level classes to build a foundation in criminology and criminal justice. 

Criminology, Law & Justice B.S. course catalog listing

Sociology Requirement (3 sh)

Students must take one course in sociology to enhance their coursework in Criminology, Law, and Justice. Please view the checklist below for courses that will fulfill this requirement.

Current major checklist

Previous program requirements (before fall 2017) Major Checklist

Questions about the major? Please contact the departmental advisor.