Criminology (B.S.)

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Criminology Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Criminology major is a four-year program with a focus on the factors and motivations that lead to deviance and criminality in our society.  The program draws upon knowledge from multiple disciplines and with a strong Biblical foundation, students will learn to assess and analyze criminal behavior and crime scene evidence.  The criminology framework for this course employs a diverse knowledge base that affect criminality including, but not limited to, sociology, psychology, biology, nutrition, literacy, and faith.

Students will be given opportunities to build professional contacts and to explore areas of interest throughout the criminology field through instructors who are former or current practitioners within the field of study. In addition to diverse field trips and other experiences, students are required to participate in an internship which collaborates with federal, state, county, and local agencies and organizations (both faith-based and secular) to provide hands-on training and experience.

Criminology Major (B.S.) Courses

Program Requirements


Christian Studies Core


I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits


General Education Core


II. General Education - 30 Credits


Major Core


Complete six credits from the following courses:


Criminal/Social Justice Internships are highly recommended. Students should consult with an advisor to establish an internship location.

IV. Electives - 32-43 Credits*


  • 300-400 Electives 9 Credits
  • Electives 23-34 Credits

Students may add a minor or double major. The Counseling Psychology Minor  is one option. Click here for a list of majors and minors available in the School of Arts & Sciences.

At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level.

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.

Total - 125 Credits


1 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

2 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

Four Year Suggested Program for the Criminology Major


Freshman Year


Fall Semester - 15 Credits


Spring Semester - 16 Credits


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester - 16 Credits


Departmental Acceptance


Students apply for departmental acceptance during their sophomore year spring semester or their junior year fall semester. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and completion of half of the Christian Service requirements are required for departmental admission in the Criminology major.

Junior Year


Fall Semester - 15 Credits


Spring Semester - 15 Credits


Senior Year


Fall Semester - 18 Credits


Spring Semester - 15 Credits




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