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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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