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Criminology B.A.

Sociology/Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 42
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Criminology is the study of crime and criminal behavior. The criminology program focuses on crime as a social phenomenon and the causes of criminal behavior. The major provides an overview of institutions, issues and causes of crime, and social control; it also offers a strong foundation in liberal arts, a basic knowledge of behavioral sciences, and a strong professional growth potential for those pursuing a career in criminology or the criminal justice system. Many criminology majors enter law, law enforcement, corrections, and other social service careers or graduate school. Honors requirements: The department honors program recognizes majors who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, provides special educational opportunities for such students, and encourages the development of specialty areas within the major. Honors students participate in independent research, working closely with a faculty member. Qualified majors apply to the honors program before the end of the second week of the first semester of their senior year.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current University of Minnesota Duluth students who change colleges to College of Liberal Arts are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major). 2. Completion of the lower division core requirements before beginning the upper division core. 3. Study abroad is encouraged for all students and the department makes every effort to facilitate such experiences. 4. Students electing to major in criminology and sociology must follow the fall 2014 requirements or later for both programs.
Lower Division Core (12 cr)
A grade of C or better is required in each course.
CRIM 1301 - Introduction to Criminology [LE CAT8, SOC SCI] (4.0 cr)
CRIM 2311 - Criminological Theory (4.0 cr)
SOC 2155 - Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Core (11 cr)
After successfully completing SOC 4587, a student must wait at least one semester before registering for SOC 4597. Students intern in a setting related to their career interests. (Students also majoring in psychology may request to substitute PSY 3020 for SOC 3155. See the department head for approval.)
SOC 3155 - Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
SOC 4587 - Internship Preparation (1.0 cr)
SOC 4597 - Internship (6.0-8.0 cr)
Inequality Course (3 cr)
Students take at least one course listed below to fulfill this requirement. If both CRIM inequality courses are taken, one course will apply as elective credit toward the major.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CRIM 4323 - Women and Justice (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 4340 - Race, Crime and Justice (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3330 - The American Civil Rights Movement [SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3945 - Social Stratification (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4949 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3.0 cr)
Criminology Electives (9 cr)
Most CRIM 3xxx-4xxx courses will apply here.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CRIM 3322 - Law and Society (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3324 - Sociology of Criminal Law (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3328 - Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3336 - Crime and the Media (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3338 - Sociology of Gangs (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3344 - Law Enforcement and Society (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3350 - Psychopathology and Crime (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3361 - Correctional Continuum (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3369 - Correctional Assessment and Intervention (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3375 - Restorative Justice (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3380 - Death Penalty (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3395 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CRIM 4305 - Mentally Ill Offenders in the Criminal Justice System (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 4350 - Corporate and Governmental Deviance (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 4382 - Victimology (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 4384 - Child Abuse and Child Protection in Minnesota (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 4391 - Independent Study in Criminology (1.0-6.0 cr)
· CRIM 4399 - Honors Project Criminology (1.0-8.0 cr)
· CRIM 4910 - Teaching Assistantship in Criminology (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CRIM 4930 - Understanding Violence (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3355 - Criminal Forensic Psychology (3.0 cr)
or PSY 5155 - Forensic Psychology (3.0 cr)
Additional Required Elective (3 cr)
Students may apply an additional CRIM 3xxx-4xxx course to this area.
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AAAS 3xxx-4xxx
or ANTH 3xxx-4xxx
or CRIM 3xxx-4xxx
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 3140 or 3160 are recommended.
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
CRIM 1301 - Introduction to Criminology (LE CAT8, SOC SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of social justice with emphasis on criminal justice system in United States. Nature and extent of crime; social factors related to criminal behavior. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 1301
CRIM 2311 - Criminological Theory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examination of the major theories of crime causation. Specific theories include macro and micro sociological explanations, as well as biological and psychological perspectives. Discussion includes the history, social context, and policy implications of each theory. prereq: 1301, 15 credits; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 2311
SOC 2155 - Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles/practice of research design, sampling, data collection including field observation/surveys. Data management, analysis, and reporting of quantitative/qualitative data. Ethics/administration in sociological research. Introduction to SPSS statistical software. Lab
SOC 3155 - Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Measures of central tendency, deviation, association. Inferential statistics focusing on probability and hypothesis testing. T-tests, Chi-square tests, analysis of variance, measures of association, introduction to statistical control. Statistical software (SPSS) used to analyze sociological data. Lab. prereq: 2155, crim major or soc major or URS major, min 30 cr
SOC 4587 - Internship Preparation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to internship by learning about internship expectations, developing internship objectives, exploring internship opportunities, and identifying potential internship sites. After successfully completing SOC 4587, a student must wait at least one semester before registering for SOC 4597. prereq: CRIM majors - CRIM 1301, 2311, SOC 2155; SOC majors - SOC 1101, 2155; min 60 cr, no grad credit
SOC 4597 - Internship
Credits: 6.0 -8.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: Internship coordinator consent, sociology or criminology major, 4587, WRIT 31xx; no grad credit
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised internship of at least 300 hours in a setting related to academic preparation and career interests. prereq: Internship coordinator consent, sociology or criminology major, 4587, WRIT 31xx; no grad credit
CRIM 4323 - Women and Justice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Women's involvement in the civil and criminal justice systems, both historic and contemporary, primarily in the United States. Attention given to women as criminal and civil defendants, issues of women's civil rights, and to women practitioners within each system. Intersection of social class, gender and race/ethnicities. prereq: 1301 or SOC 1101 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, 60 credits, or instructor consent, no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 4323
CRIM 4340 - Race, Crime and Justice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Examines the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, and class within the U.S. criminal justice system, with some attention given to global trends and international comparisons. Considers the racialized effects of crime control and criminal justice practices, including law enforcement, prosecution, sentencing, police-minority community relations, and the disproportionate representation of racial/ethnic groups in the prison system. Explores attitudes and perceptions of crime from the perspective of racial/ethnic minorities, and differential crime rates among majority/minority groups. prereq: 1301 or SOC 1101 or Anth 1604 or CSt 1101, 60 credits or grad student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 4340
SOC 3330 - The American Civil Rights Movement (SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination of theories and research relating to the American civil rights movement, including precursors and influence on subsequent social movements. Role of organization, resources, leadership, recruitment, ideology and consciousness, gender, social control, and counter-movements.
SOC 3945 - Social Stratification
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories and research about the effects of economic inequality in people's lives. Social class formation and the effects of institutionalized power structures. Intersection of social class, gender and race/ethnicity. Primary focus on the United States but with international comparisons. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, min 30 cr or instructor consent
SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, min 60 cr, or grad student or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Status and experiences in society through the exploration of gender identities, systems, and social structures. Topics include politics, discrimination, family, education, workplace, popular culture, and changing definitions of gender. Emphasis on the expectations and performance of masculinity/femininity and the intersection of gender, race, and class. Some consideration given to global explorations and international comparisons. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, min 60 cr, or grad student or instructor consent
SOC 4949 - Race and Ethnic Relations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of race and ethnic relations in America; conditions of major racial and ethnic minorities; formation of racial/ethnic identities, sources of prejudice, discrimination; intergroup conflict; assimilation, persistence of ethnicity; intergroup diversity; major racial and ethnic groups; the new immigrants. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, 60 cr, or instructor consent
CRIM 3322 - Law and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Complexities, organization, and elements of legal systems, particularly in the United States. Legal theory used to explain the "working" of the law, historical development of law, current issues in law, and overall interrelationship between law and society. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3322
CRIM 3324 - Sociology of Criminal Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nature, goals, and problems in administration of the American criminal judicial process. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3324
CRIM 3328 - Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Delinquency in contemporary American society. Major issues concerning causes, prevention, and treatment of juvenile offenders. Focus on U.S. juvenile justice system. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if received for SOC 3328
CRIM 3336 - Crime and the Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Examines the relationship between crime, criminal justice and the media. It explores how news and entertainment media portray criminals, crime and the criminal justice system, and the effects of these portrayals on the justice system and society. prereq: Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3336
CRIM 3338 - Sociology of Gangs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Street and prison gangs in America at the national, state, and local level. Sociological research and theories relative to gang formation and the economics related to street and prison gangs. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent, credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3338
CRIM 3344 - Law Enforcement and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Role of police and relationship of law enforcement to the community; focuses on crime prevention. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3344
CRIM 3350 - Psychopathology and Crime
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course introduces students to the various types of psychopathology and their relationships to crime. Students consider the concept of "abnormality," as viewed by the public, the mental health field, and the criminal justice system. Students learn about a wide range of psychopathologies and apply this knowledge to exploring how various types of criminal activity are related to symptoms of mental disorders. prereq: Criminology or Sociology major with minimum 30 credits
CRIM 3361 - Correctional Continuum
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Analysis of the range of sanctions and programs in corrections. Topics include both community-based and institutional corrections, as well as juvenile and adult corrections. prereq: Sophomore or higher or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3361
CRIM 3369 - Correctional Assessment and Intervention
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01793 - SOC 3365/CRIM 3369
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Issues germane to intervention with criminal offenders. Philosophical (should we intervene?) and pragmatic (what, if anything "works") debates are reviewed, and both punishment oriented and rehabilitative intervention programs are discussed. prereq: Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3369
CRIM 3375 - Restorative Justice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines the principles and practices of restorative justice. Covers early and contemporary philosophies and practices, as well as domestic and international examples. prereq: Minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3375
CRIM 3380 - Death Penalty
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course provides students with a broad survey of the death penalty as a penal sanction and the controversies and issues which surround it. Key topical areas covered are history and foundations, legal landscape, execution and death penalty processes, contemporary issues including innocence, cost, discrimination and deterrence, and perspectives and voices surrounding the death penalty. prereq: minimum 30 credits
CRIM 3395 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Prerequisites: 30 credits or instructor consent; maximum 6 credits allowed between SOC 3395 and CRIM 3395
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Contemporary topics in criminology. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent; maximum 6 credits allowed between SOC 3395 and CRIM 3395
CRIM 4305 - Mentally Ill Offenders in the Criminal Justice System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course provides a broad survey of mentally ill offenders. Students explore the stigma and needs of this population. The course focuses on the treatment and management of mentally ill offenders, including recent innovations, at each stage of the criminal justice system. prereq: Criminology or Sociology majors with minimum 60 credits; no grad credit
CRIM 4350 - Corporate and Governmental Deviance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of theories and research relating to deviant and criminal behavior within large scale formal organizations, particularly governmental and business organizations. Causes and consequences, efforts at social control, barriers to social control, prospects for change. Genocide and the emergence of international law. prereq: Minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 4350
CRIM 4382 - Victimology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Extent, nature, and forms of criminal victimizations; profiles of crime victims; coping strategies; victims' rights; impact of victimizations on victims and nonvictims; victim attitudes about crime and interactions with justice system; evaluation of victim service programs. prereq: 1301 or SOC 1101, 60 credits; no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 4382
CRIM 4384 - Child Abuse and Child Protection in Minnesota
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examine how our legal system and community discovers and protects neglected or abused children. Provide understanding of juvenile court, the role of forensic science, social workers, police, teachers, nurses, physicians, and other professionals mandated to report suspected abuse. prereq: 90 credits or Grad Student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 4384
CRIM 4391 - Independent Study in Criminology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed reading, research, or involvement in social action leading to preparation of a paper or other product. prereq: instructor consent; maximum 6 credits allowed between SOC 4991 and CRIM 4391, no grad credit
CRIM 4399 - Honors Project Criminology
Credits: 1.0 -8.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced individual project in any area of criminology, demonstrating sound theoretical and research foundations and resulting in a written report. prereq: 90 credits, approval by department honors program director, no grad credit, maximum 8 credits allowed between SOC 4999 and CRIM 4399
CRIM 4910 - Teaching Assistantship in Criminology
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience in teaching-related activities in criminology courses. prereq: 60 credits, instructor consent, no grad credit, maximum 3 credits allowed between SOC 4997, SOC 4910 and CRIM 4397, CRIM 4910
CRIM 4930 - Understanding Violence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Minimum 60 credits; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines violence in its many forms and provides a theoretical and conceptual foundation for understanding what it is, why it happens, and how it might be prevented or diminished. Structural, institutional and interpersonal forms of violence are examined as are theoretical perspectives focusing on the individual, socio-structural and cultural levels of explanation. prereq: Minimum 60 credits; no grad credit
CRIM 3355 - Criminal Forensic Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course introduces students to the interface of psychology and law, with a specific focus on criminal forensic psychology. The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of forensic psychologists in the realms of criminal and victim psychology, police and investigative psychology, legal psychology, and correctional psychology. prereq: minimum 30 credits, Crim major or instructor consent
PSY 5155 - Forensic Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1003 or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Examines the application of psychology to the judicial system in such diverse areas as criminal diversion and rehabilitation; expert testimony; jury selection; police training; divorce mediation; and custody evaluations. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent