CRIMINOLOGY
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CRIMINOLOGY
www.as.miami.edu/sociology


INTRODUCTION

The major in Criminology provides a comprehensive understanding of crime and the criminal justice system.  The major prepares students to assume roles of leadership in this critical area of modern society.  Courses are designed to review theory, research, and applications of knowledge regarding delinquency and crime, as well as to understand the manner in which offenders are processed.  Students learn about the nature and extent of crime, different types of crime, and theories to explain crime.  In addition, detailed analyses are made of the functions of the law, police, courts, and correctional systems and the ways in which these are linked to broader aspects of society.  Students may also minor in Criminology.  The Criminology major and minor are administered through the Department of Sociology.


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

CRIMINOLOGY courses have several broad objectives, including:

1. General education and development of critical thinking skills.
2. Undergraduate preparation for pursuing careers in such fields as law and society, in the local and state criminal justice systems (e.g., juvenile probation officer, pretrial services officer, crime analyst for criminal justice agencies), or in federal agencies (e.g., DEA).
3. Preparation for graduate study in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, or other social and behavioral sciences.
4. Preparation for law school.


DEGREE PROGRAMS

Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology.  The Department of Sociology also offers graduate degrees in Sociology (M.A., Ph.D.) with emphases in criminology and in other areas (race/ethnic relations and medical sociology). 


MAJOR

The major in Criminology consists of 31 credit hours, including:

Required courses

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)
SOC 210 Introduction to Social Research1 (3 credit hours)
SOC 211 Quantitative Methods for Sociologists2 (3 credit hours)
SOC 212 Quantitative Methods Lab (1 credit hour)
SOC 371 Criminology (3 credit hours)
SOC 470 (Theories of Deviant Behavior (3 credit hours)

One of the following two courses:

SOC 271 Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
SOC 370 Juvenile Delinquency (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

Four other courses offered by the Department for a total of 12 credits.

Other Requirements
• A minimum final grade of C- in all courses offered by the Department
• A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses offered by the Department
• A minimum of 16 credits must be earned in residency in the Department; thus, only a maximum of 15 credits can be transferred from other institutions as eligible for the CRIMINOLOGY major.


MINOR

A minor in Criminology requires a minimum of 15 credit hours, including:

Required Courses

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)
SOC 371 Criminology (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses

Three other courses offered by the Department, of which one must be 300-level or higher, for a total of 9 credits. 

Other requirements
• A minimum final grade of C- in all courses offered by the Department
• A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses offered by the Department
• A minimum of 9 credits must be earned in residency in the Department; thus, only a maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from other institutions as eligible credits for the Criminology major.

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1 EPS 452 can be substituted for SOC 210 only by students who are also enrolled in the School of Education.
2 PSY 204 can be substituted for SOC 211 and SOC 212 only by students who are also majoring in Psychology.

 

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS
Graduation with Departmental Honors is available to eligible students who fulfill the following:
1. Students desiring Departmental Honors in Criminology must maintain an overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in Criminology.  They must also achieve a minimum of B in all Criminology courses.  For transfer students, the Department uses the cumulative, combined GPA calculated by the Office of the Registrar.

2. A student seeking Departmental Honors is required to write an independent research paper which is submitted to the Undergraduate Committee in the Department of Sociology.  The nature of the independent research project is determined by the faculty member(s) with whom the student works. This project is done in SOC 498 & SOC 499 (Honors I & II).  The student should have the same professor for all six credits.

3. Recruitment of eligible students is by departmental invitation at the beginning of a student’s junior year.