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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 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.

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:

  • SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SO 230 Social Statistics (3 credits)
  • CR 260 Introduction to Criminal Justice or CR 362 Corrections (3 credits)
  • SO 322 Classical Sociological Theory (3 credits)
  • SO 350 Sociology of Organizations (3 credits)
  • SO 351 Human Institutions (3 credits)
  • CR 360 Criminology (3 credits)
  • CR 366 Sociology of Law (3 credits)
  • SO 397 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • SO 495 Practicum
  • 4 upper-division courses CR designated courses (12 credits)

Additionally, students must complete 9 credits in major-related requirements:

  • 2 courses in the same college-level foreign language (6 credits)
  • Technology Requirement: CS 110 Understanding Computers or CS 111 Ethics in Technology

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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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Due to weather and road conditions, Avila University will be closed on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

Classes and events are canceled and offices will not be open today.

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Avila University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit February 26-27, 2018 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Avila University has been accredited by HLC since 1946. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:

Public Comment on Avila University,
Higher Learning Commission,
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by January 19, 2018.