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The program in Criminology has a five-fold objective:

  • The education of students for employment and leadership in the expanding field of criminology and criminal justice
  • The education of presently employed criminal justice personal who recognize a need for furthering their education
  • The instruction of students who wish to acquire an understanding of the process of criminal justice as a cultural part of their higher education
  • The instruction of students who wish to prepare for graduate study and/or research in criminology
  • A curriculum that provides an excellent foundation for students preparing for a career in law

Nearly every level of government offers opportunities for professional careers in criminology. Employment opportunities normally exist in more than fifty federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret service; U.S. Postal Inspectors; Drug Enforcement Agency; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; National Security Agency; U.S. marshals; the Internal Revenue Service; and military investigative branches.

Graduates will find employment in local and state law enforcement, probation, parole, and the custody and treatment of adult and youthful offenders. There are also a wide variety of opportunities in the expanding fields of private, commercial, and industrial security. In addition, many governmental agencies have specialized units dealing with juveniles, community relations, training, education, and research.

Career opportunities are available also in research and teaching at the college and university levels and in research divisions of various agencies.

Students who wish to change their major to Criminology or Pre-law Criminology must have an overall QPA of 2.0 to declare the major or minor and to be formally accepted by the department.

Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies, 46-47 credits — As outlined in the Liberal Studies section with the following specifications:

Mathematics: MATH 217
Natural Sciences: CHEM 111-112 or BIOL 103–104 recommended
Social Science: CRIM 101
Liberal Studies Elective: No course with CRIM prefix; six credits required


33 credits

Required courses

CRIM 102 Survey of Criminology, 3 credits

CRIM 306 Research Methods, 3 credits

CRIM 400 /W/ Theoretical Criminology, 3 credits

CRIM 401 Contemporary Issues in Criminology, 3 credits

CRIM 403 Dilemmas in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 3 credits

Controlled electives

These electives cover the following areas: (A) the Criminal Justice System, (B) Critical Issues in Criminology, and (C) Diversity Issues in Criminology. A minimum of two courses must be chosen from each group.

Group A: The Criminal Justice System, 6 credits

CRIM 205 Law Enforcement and the Community, 3 credits

CRIM 215 Survey of Courts and the Criminal Justice System, 3 credits

CRIM 225 Survey of Corrections, 3 credits

CRIM 235 Survey of Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Law, 3 credits

CRIM 255 Law, Social Control, and Society, 3 credits

Group B: Critical Issues in Criminology, 6 credits

CRIM 344 Terrorism, 3 credits

CRIM 354 White Collar Crime, 3 credits

CRIM 374 Environmental Crime and Justice, 3 credits

CRIM 384 Violence and Victimology, 3 credits

CRIM 394 Crime and Delinquency Prevention, 3 credits

Group C: Diversity Issues in Criminology, 6 credits

CRIM 410 Race, Ethnicity, Social Structure, and Crime, 3 credits

CRIM 450 Women and Crime, 3 credits

CRIM 470 Comparative Study of Justice, 3 credits

Other Requirements, 15–21 credits:


Free Electives, 19-26 credits

Total Degree Requirements: 120 credits

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Department
  • Wilson Hall, Room 200
    411 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2720
  • Fax: 724-357-4018
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.