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Criminology & Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology


About the Program

Criminology/Criminal Justice is a growing field in today’s society with numerous employment opportunities at local, state, and federal levels. Our program provides a variety of classes with an extensive examination of how the Criminal Justice system functions in society as well as an intensive understanding of the theories involved in studying crime. The faculty are always willing to assist students with their career goals. Additionally, our internship program provides students with hands on experience working in a criminal justice related agency. The purpose of the Baccalaureate degree is to prepare students to enter a profession upon graduation or pursue advanced degrees. Our students have obtained law enforcement positions at the federal, state, and local levels; others have accepted positions as adult or juvenile probation officers, investigators for the public defender’s office, community treatment facilitators, correctional officers, program evaluators, and court administrators. The program also provides continuing education for professionals already employed in the field.

Frequently Asked Questions about the program 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding criminological theory, criminal justice system, causes of criminal behavior, and professional conduct.
  • Develop an appreciation for the role of science in advancing knowledge in the field of criminology and criminal justice. 
  • Communicate in oral and written forms in a professional and articulate manner. 
  • Critically evaluate information and use sound, ethical judgement to solve practical problems in the field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diverse populations and cultures, and how their experiences differ throughout the criminal justice system.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

To receive a B.A. in Criminology, students must complete 39 credits in Criminology, maintain a GPA of 2.0, and complete the following steps:

  1. Students will begin the B.A. in the Criminology program with the following courses and a C- or better is required for each class. 
    • CRM 110 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
    • CRM 230 Law Enforcement and Society
    • CRM 231 Criminal Procedures and the Courts
    • CRM 238 Corrections
    • CRM 260 Criminology
  2. The next level of courses is as follows and a C- or better is required for each class.
    • One 200 level CRM elective (220, 240, or 245)
    • CRM 322 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    • 9 credits in upper-level CRM electives (300-400 level courses)
    • 6 credits in CRM 400 level electives
    • CRM 435 Supervised Field Studies in CJ
  3. Majors are also required to take some courses in the General Education Program and a C- or better is required for each class.
    • STAT 104, 200, or 215
    • PHIL 144

* A minor is also required for all Majors in the School of Arts & Sciences, please click here for information on available options for a minor.


Changing Your Major to Criminology 

Due to the steady increase in the number of students interested in pursuing the Criminology major, and the present climate of budgetary restrictions, we are unable to accommodate all requests and have instituted an application process.

If you wish to be considered for acceptance into the Criminology major, the following must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Director by the deadline.

  1. Completed Change of Major Application Form
  2. Completed Undergraduate Change of Major, Degree or Advisor Form (required by the Registrar's Office)
  3. Current CCSU  transcript and transcripts from other universities or colleges where you have taken criminology or criminal justice courses. 
  4. A 1-2 page typed essay on the aspect of criminology that is of most interest to you and why. 

Students will be selected on the strength of their application, which includes an examination of their cumulative GPA, number of criminology courses completed, performance in criminology courses, and essay. Students will be notified of acceptance or rejection by e-mail before registration.

Criminal Justice as a Minor

The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice offers a minor in Criminal Justice.

The concentration consists of 5 required courses and one elective for a total of 18 hours.

  • CRM 110 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • CRM 230 Law Enforcement and Society
  • CRM 231 Criminal Procedures and the Courts
  • CRM 238 Corrections
  • CRM 260 Criminology
  • One CRM elective (220, 240, or 245)