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Criminology studies the criminal legal system with the aim of creating more just policies and institutions that better support marginalized members of society. In the Criminology major, students are taught the skills needed to analyze crime and behavior data; to evaluate offender treatment programs; to design crime prevention models; and to assess social policies.
The Criminology major provides an educational experience that allows students to enter law enforcement, probation, corrections, crime prevention, and crime analysis professions. The major also provides a foundation for graduate study in law, social work, sociology, public policy, and public health.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||84|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Describe the moral, philosophical, historical, and scientific dimensions of Criminology.
- Explain the principles and methods of research in Criminology, how they are commonly used by professionals and scholars in the field to create and assess policy, and how to analyze these data.
- Contrast the main criminological traditions and perspectives in a clear, reasoned, and discipline-specific manner, and its relation to policy, practice, and research.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and effective communication skills about Criminology
College Core Requirements
Study in the Major Field
The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.
The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.
Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration.
Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.
Declaration of Major, Minor and Concentration
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)
The Modern Language Option is available to all BA students who wish to study a modern language beyond the level required by their College, and to all other undergraduate students without a modern language requirement who wish to study a language at any level.
Students selecting the MLO may substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.
The three MLO substitutions must be made in three different domains, and any substitutions must be consistent with the principle that students complete at least one course in each learning domain.
MLO substitutions may not be used to replace the Scientific Inquiry—Lab or Scientific Inquiry—Science as a Way of Knowing requirement.
Students majoring in one modern language may use the Modern Language Option for study of a second language at the Intermediate level or above.
NOTE: Please contact your college/school regarding additional information and restrictions about the Modern Language Option.
External Credit and Residency
A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|LSP 121||QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
|CRIM 395||CAPSTONE IN CRIMINOLOGY 1,3||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
A student majoring in Criminology (CRIM) is required to complete the Capstone offered by the Criminology Department. This is the case even if a student is double majoring (or pursuing a dual degree) and the secondary major (or degree) requires its own Capstone. A CRIM major in the University Honors Program shall take the University Honors Capstone and the CRIM Capstone.
- 3 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course
- 1 Course Required
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or as the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
The multidisciplinary nature of Criminology provides content, training, and theoretical knowledge to undergraduate students across a variety of disciplines.
|CRIM 101||INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM||4|
|CRIM 201||LAW ENFORCEMENT||4|
|CRIM 202||CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE||4|
|CRIM 205||RACE, CLASS, GENDER AND THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM||4|
|CRIM 301||RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINOLOGY||4|
|CRIM 302||STATISTICS IN CRIMINOLOGY||4|
|CRIM 303||CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY||4|
|CRIM 395||CAPSTONE IN CRIMINOLOGY||4|
In addition, the students will register for a Criminology-specific capstone course (CRIM 395) that contextualizes the knowledge and skills learned in the curriculum.
Concentrations, tracks and specializations provide focus to the major. In addition to any college core requirements, liberal studies requirements and major requirements, students are required to choose one of the following:
The three concentrations in the Criminology major speak to the Vincentian mission at DePaul and prepare students for the profession. In addition, the three concentrations will emphasize experiential learning, connections to Chicago institutions, and transferable leadership skills. The three concentrations are Community Justice; Race, Class, Gender and Justice; and Criminal Justice Administration. All students must enroll in one concentration in order to receive the BA in Criminology.