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Criminology B.A.

Sociology/Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • 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 UMD students who change colleges to CLA 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. 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)
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CRIM 3xxx
· CRIM 4xxx
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
AAAS 4xxx
ANTH 3xxx
ANTH 4xxx
CRIM 3xxx
CRIM 4xxx
SOC 3841 - Urban Justice Field Experience (2.0 cr) (summer only)
SOC 4925 - Sociology of Rape (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3355 - Criminal Forensic Psychology (3.0 cr)
or PSY 5155 - Forensic Psychology (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 3140 or 3160 are recommended.
WRIT 31xx - Advanced Writing
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
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
SOC 4925 - Sociology of Rape
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Social, moral, and legal definitions and implications of rape. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, 60 cr, or instructor consent
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