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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Criminology Advising Center (CAC) hours?

The CAC is open five days a week. One day is a partial day—see center hours outside Wilson Hall G-1.

Who is my advisor?

Dr. Lewis is director of the Criminology Advising Center. Trained graduate students serve as your “advisors” in the Criminology Advising Center and are here to answer any questions you may have.

Do I need to make an appointment with my advisor or with the Advising Center?

You can come to the Advising Center during our normal working hours on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may make an appointment with Dr. Lewis for any issues the Advising Center can’t help you with.

Where can I get a Criminology checklist?

Checklists are available in the Criminology Advising Center or on line at the Advising Center webpage.

Where do I find out the requirements for the Criminology major?

You can use the Criminology checklist or you can find requirements for all majors in the IUP catalog, available for purchase at the Co-op store or on line at IUP Undergraduate Catalog.

Where do I find the requirements for the Criminology minor?

You can pick up a minor checklist from the Criminology Advising Center or you can find requirements for all minors in the IUP catalog, available for purchase at the Co-op store or on line at IUP Undergraduate Catalog.

I’m a Criminology minor. How do I register for Criminology courses?

All Criminology minors need to come in to the Advising Center every semestr to fill out a course override form to register for available courses.

I’m a non-Criminology major/minor and I want to take Criminology courses. Can I?

You must meet the prerequisite requirements (i.e., CRIM 101, 102), and you must come to the Advising Center to fill out a course override form to register for the course.

I’m graduating. What do I need to do?

You must apply for graduation through URSA by the deadline, which is posted in the IUP Academic Calendar. If you miss the deadline, you must come to the Criminology Advising Center in G-1 Wilson to complete a Late Graduation Application Form.

I’ve applied for graduation, now what?

Once you apply for graduation, the Criminology Advising Center must process your application by making sure you meet all requirements to graduate. If you do not meet these requirements, you will receive an e-mail from the Advising Center. Once your application is approved, it will go to the dean’s office for processing after final grades are posted for the semester.

The courses I’m trying to take for next semester are full. What do I do?

The Criminology Department does not overfill the courses. Classes tend to be capped at the number of seats in the assigned room. If a course is full, you should continue checking URSA as students drop and add classes until the first week of the new semester. The best way to avoid this is to register at your designated time.

What is an alternate PIN and why do I need it?

Every semester you get a new alternate PIN in order to register for your courses in URSA. You can pick it up at the Criminology scheduling meetings held each semester before registration begins.

How do I know when I register?

You can find this information in URSA.

I’ve lost my alternate PIN. Where can I get it?

Once you have registered for courses, your alternate pin becomes available on URSA. Otherwise, you need to come in to the Advising Center during our normal hours.

How are registration times designated?

Registration times are first designated by attachment to a special group (i.e., sports teams, etc.), and then by earned credits (i.e., class standing: sophomore, junior, etc.). The only exception is that freshmen during the Spring semester will register before the seniors, juniors, and sophomores (see next question).

I’m a freshman registering for the Spring semester. When do I register?

Freshmen are allowed to register first for the Spring semester during their first year.

I’ve only taken CRIM 101 and I’m trying to take some 300- or 400-level Criminology courses, but URSA won’t let me?

Both CRIM 101 and CRIM 102 are required for most upper-level Criminology courses and must be taken before registering for upper-level Criminology classes. In addition, 400-level Criminology courses will require junior standing.

Does MATH 217 count as a liberal studies elective requirement?

No. Because MATH 217 is a departmental requirement, it will not count as a liberal studies elective. This is stated in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog.

Why are there two different curriculums for the Criminology major?

Students who entered before 2003 should follow the “old” curriculum. All other Criminology students are required to follow the “new” curriculum. Students cannot choose which curriculum to follow. The curriculum is based on when you declare Criminology as your major. Students must follow only one curriculum. Students may not mix and match the curriculum requirements. Anyone in the Criminology Advising Center can assist you if you have questions about the curriculums.

How can I find out what classes I have completed?

Login to URSA and view your Current Transcript or Degree Evaluation. Your transcript and CAPP list all the courses you have taken at IUP and that were transferred into IUP. Compare this to your Criminology checklist to make sure you are meeting the requirements.

I’m a transfer student. How do I know if my courses have transferred properly from the other school?

You can go to the Transfer Equivalency Office, located in Sutton, to find out how your courses are transferring, or visit the On-line Transfer Credit Equivalency System website.

I want to change my major/minor to Criminology, what do I have to do?

To change your major/minor to Criminology, you need to come to the Criminology Advising Center to fill out a Change of Major Form. You must have at least a 2.0 GPA and a minimum of 12 completed IUP credits.

I want to drop my Criminology major/minor. What do I have to do?

You must go to the new major/minor department and complete a Change of Major/Minor Form.

I’m a Criminology major and I want to either add or drop Criminology/Pre-Law. What do I do?

You need to come to the Criminology Advising Center to fill out a Change of Major form.

I’m a Criminology major. Do I need a minor?

All students entering Criminology after Fall 2003 are required to declare and complete a minor, unless they are double-majoring or are a Crimiology/Pre Law major.

I’m Criminology/Pre-Law major. Do I need a minor?

No. The Pre-Law track fulfills your minor requirements.

I don’t know what minor to take?

Criminology majors run the spectrum of minors at IUP. You are advised to declare and complete a minor that will be beneficial toward your future career goals and plans.

These are the possible minors you can choose from: Accounting, Applied Statistics, Child Development/Family Relations, Computer Science, Environmental Health Science, Information Assurance, Journalism, Psychology Science, Psychology, Safety Science, Sociology, and others that are found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog.

I’ve decided on a minor, how do I declare it?

You need to go to that department and fill out paperwork to officially declare your minor. Be sure to find out the requirements for the minor either by looking in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog or talking to that department.

How many credits do I need to graduate?

You need 120 earned credits.

How do I graduate in four years?

First and foremost, you must follow your Criminology checklist to make sure you are meeting all the requirements. It is also recommended that you take 15 credits each semester.

I have completed my checklist entirely, including my minor and I still have less than 120 credits. What do I do?

This sometimes happens if students take one class that meets more than one requirement (e.g., ANTH 110 fulfills a social science elective and the non-Western requirement). If you have met the course requirements, but are lacking in earned credits, you will have to take classes to earn the 120 credits. We advise students to take classes that are beneficial to their future career plans.

Are “free electives” the same thing as “liberal studies electives”?

No. Liberal Studies electives are required for all IUP students. Criminology students under the “new curriculum” (see above) must have six credits of Liberal Studies electives from the list of available options. One course must be 200-level or above and you cannot use the same prefix for the classes. You can find the list of Liberal Studies electives in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog.

I want to take more than 17 credits in a semester. What do I do?

Come to the Criminology Advising Center and fill out a “Request for Credit Override” form. In order to take 18 credits you must have an overall GPA of 2.50. To be approved for 19 credits you must have a GPA of 2.75. If you want to take 20 credits, your GPA must be at least a 3.0, and for over 20 credits you must have a 3.50 GPA.

I failed a course and I want to repeat it. What do I do?

If you make a “D” in a course, that is considered passing and you are not required to retake the course. If you earn an “ F” in a course and would like the “ F” removed from your transcript, you must take the course over. As per the undergraduate catalog, students are only allowed to have six “ D/F” repeats. You must come to the Criminology Advising Center and fill out a D/F Repeat form for EACH course you are repeating in that semester, and then take your signed form to Clark Hall. The IUP Academic Calendar provides the deadlines for submitting these forms.

Who or where do I go if I have questions about Criminology Internships?

For general information, you can pick up a flyer at the Criminology Advising Center. All specific questions should be directed to Dr. David Myers, the internship coordinator. E-mail david.myers@iup.edu.

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