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Criminology & Justice Studies Major

The Criminology and Justice Studies major at Avila is viewed broadly as encompassing the scientific study of crime, criminals, the criminal justice system, crime prevention and the treatment of offenders. The program is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature, drawing upon many academic disciplines and paradigms for theoretical and methodological approaches.

Criminology and Justice Studies Major

The criminology and justice studies major at Avila University is viewed broadly as encompassing the scientific study of crime, criminals, the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and the treatment of offenders. The program is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature, drawing upon many several academic disciplines and paradigms for theoretical and methodological approaches.

Criminology and justice studies is a popular major for students planning careers in areas such as victim services, law enforcement, corrections, probation, and parole at local, state and national levels. Students in the criminology and justice studies major will be prepared with the leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary for a successful career and/or graduate school education in areas such as law, sociology, psychology, and public administration.

Suggested areas to pair with this major include women’s and gender studies, computer science, forensic science, and accounting (major only). Please refer to the academic catalog for more information regarding these programs

Major Requirements

The candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Justice Studies must complete all the general degree requirements of the University, as well as  the following courses within the major:

Major Related Requirements
  • PL 255 Ethics (3 credits)
Major Foundations
  • SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • CR 262 Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CR 264 Introduction to Criminology (3 credits)
  • CR/SO 260 Sociology of Deviance (3 credits)
  • SO 230 Social Statistics (3 credits)
  • SO 397 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • SO 360 Criminological Theory (3 credits)
Criminal Justice: Choose TWO
  • CR 362 Corrections (3 credits)
  • CR 364 The Police (3 credits)
  • CR 368 Courts and Law (3 credits)
Foundations of Social Change: Choose TWO
  • CR/SO 366 Law and Society (3 credits)
  • SO 322 Classical Sociological Theory (3 credits)
  • SO 351 Human Institutions (3 credits)
Social Inequality: Choose ONE
  • CR 450 Social Diversity & Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • SO 340 Social Stratification (3 credits)
Electives: TWO Courses over 300 Level
  • CR 350 Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)
  • CR/WS 354 Victimology (3 credits)
  • CR 352 White-Collar Crime (3 credits)
  • CR/WS 440 Gender and Crime (3 credits)
  • CR 420 The Chicago School (3 credits)
  • CR 430 Criminal Spaces (3 credits)
Capstone: Choose ONE
  • CR/SO 495 Internship (3 credits)
  • CR/SO 499 Senior Research (3 credits)
Total Hours: 48
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Criminology & Justice Studies Major

The Criminology and Justice Studies major at Avila is viewed broadly as encompassing the scientific study of crime, criminals, the criminal justice system, crime prevention and the treatment of offenders. The program is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature, drawing upon many academic disciplines and paradigms for theoretical and methodological approaches.

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