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Criminology & Criminal Justice


Bachelor of Arts in Criminology


About the Program

Criminology is a growing field with many employment opportunities at local, state, and federal levels. Our program offers a variety of courses to help students understand theories of crime and the function of the criminal justice system. 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 employment in positions related to law enforcement, courts, corrections, and non-profit organizations. The program also provides continuing education for professionals already employed in the field. If you have questions about the undergraduate program, please contact Undergraduate Program Director Steven Block. 

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

To receive a B.A. in Criminology, students must complete 39 credits in Criminology, achieve a GPA of 2.0 (Overall and within major), and complete the following steps listed below. A C-Minus grade or higher is required for all courses within the major. Students majoring in Criminology must also select a minor.

  1. Students will begin the B.A. in the Criminology program with the following courses:
    • 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:
    • One 200 level CRM elective (220, 240, or 245)
    • CRM 322 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    • 6 credits in CRM 300 level electives
    • 8 credits in CRM 400 level electives
    • CRM 435 Supervised Field Studies in CJ
  3. Majors also must complete the following requirements in the General Education Program and a C- or better is required for each class.
    • STAT 104, 200, or 215
    • PHIL 144

For a complete listing of all courses in the criminology undergraduate program, please click HERE

Changing Your Major to Criminology 

Due to the 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 for current CCSU students who wish to enter the Criminology major.

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 each March/October.

  1. Completed Change of Major Application Form
  2. Completed Change of Major, Degree or Advisor Form
  3. Current Unofficial CCSU Transcript
  4. A 2-page typed essay on the aspect of criminology that you find most interesting. 

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

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. Students who major in Criminology cannot minor in Criminal Justice.

  • 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)