The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at St. Edward’s is a cross-disciplinary degree that helps prepare students for the scientific study of crime and its effects at both the individual and community level. Students will study the foundations of human behavior, deviance, victimology, statistical analysis and interacting institutions of the criminal justice system.
This is a fast-growing, competitive and research-intensive field. Students at St. Edward’s are provided the advantages of diverse academic perspectives, networking with local practitioners, service learning opportunities and professional conferences.
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
BA in Criminology majors at St. Edward’s delve into a variety of fields — including psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology, chemistry and political science — in order to explain concepts of crime, criminals and underlying motivations. Students also have the opportunity to explore the emerging academic study of victims, their experiences and how they interact with the criminal justice system. It is within this framework that phenomena such as interpersonal violence, property crime, organized crime, terrorism, hate crimes and sex crimes are examined to find explanations and develop prevention strategies.
The BA in Criminology degree is one of the most flexible for career opportunities and advancement. Our graduates work as city, state and federal law enforcement officers; victim service advocates; adult and juvenile probation/parole specialists; legal services professionals; academic researchers; and corrections staff. Utilizing area electives, criminology can be an ideal path to law school or advanced graduate degrees in criminology or related fields. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s, through advising sessions, classes, research and internship opportunities, helps students target options for career and graduate work.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. MAJOR CORE COURSES (39 CREDIT HOURS):
Causes of Crime
• Abnormal Psychology
• Chemical Dependency Issues
• Race, Class and Gender
• Theories of Crime Causation
Crime and the Justice System
• Administration of Justice
• Crime in America
• Criminal Justice, Criminology or Forensic Science Elective
Law, Legislation and Policy
• Criminal Law I or Constitutional Criminal Procedure
• Crime Victims (Victimology)
• Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Specific Types of Crime and Criminals
Select 3 hours from the following courses:
• Juvenile Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System
• Introduction to Forensic Psychology
• Violent Sex Crimes
• Serial Killers
• Topics in Criminology: Corporate/White-Collar Crime (Other topics may also be offered.)
• One upper division Criminology course: Topics in Criminology, Internship in Criminology, or any other upper-division course with a Criminology emphasis could meet this requirement.
V. SUPPORTING COURSES (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• Self and Society
• General Psychology
• Social Research
• American National Government or State and Local Government
Choose 3 hours minimum of electives
VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.