The criminology major at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College emphasizes a social science understanding of crime and criminal behavior with an emphasis on critical reading, writing and research, preparing criminology students for a career as a criminologist and a variety of other criminology jobs.

Students complete 24 hours of criminology core courses and another 12 hours in their concentration area: either psychology or sociology. The hours completed in the concentration area can be tailored to fit the student’s particular area of interest, and these courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Criminology Core

24 Credit Hours required

Introduction to criminal justice systems and processes from the time of arraignment and booking through pre-trial, trial, and sentencing.

Study of the Juvenile Justice Process.

Study of the corrections process.

The CR 320 Junior Seminar course will introduce students to the various careers existing in the field of criminology and will also aid those students who wish to pursue study at the graduate level.

Students will learn and develop the skills necessary for investigating, interviewing, and report writing in the field of Criminology.

Hands on training and/or original research in Criminology.

Combines the study of state and local government and the American federal system. Students will view federalism as a dynamic relationship between the various levels of government in order to develop an understanding of the interplay of laws at each level.

Psychology Concentration (12 hours)

12 Credit Hours required ***PS111 General Psychology (Required in General Studies) ***MA253 Statistics (Required in General Studies)

Introduces research methods including experimental and quasi-experimental design, correlation techniques, survey and field research. May have course fee. Prerequisites: PS 111 and PS/ MA 253.


9 Credit Hours required

Theoretical and practical knowledge needed to make use of basic counseling skills. Emphasis on process in utilizing these skills. Activities include role playing and video presentations.

Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Studies the psychological, biological and social aspects of alcoholism and other drug addictions with an introduction to group, individual and pharmacological treatment methods. Prerequisites: PS 111 or instructor‘s consent.

Studies the way in which people‘s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Topics covered include attitudes, conformity, interpersonal relationships, aggression, and prejudice. Prerequisite: PS 111 or SO 211.

Provides an overview of crisis theory and interventions for working with clients in crisis. Crisis and conflict management theories, strategies and skills will be examined and applied to a variety of situations including those involving suicide, physical and sexual assault, natural and manmade disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school.

Sociology Concentration (12 hours)

***SO211 Introduction to Sociology (Required in General Studies) ***MA253 Statistics (Required in General Studies)

Examines the phenomenon of non-normative behavior from several perspectives (e.g., society, social organizations and individuals); includes analysis of the social contexts in which behaviors, individuals and groups come to be labeled as deviant, as well as the influence of historical and political factors; considers sociological theories which explain the occurrence and distribution of deviance; explores approaches to the management of deviance and deviants through social control. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Presents basic principles of research design and the primary techniques used by social scientists in the collection and analysis of data; for example, surveys and polling, observation, experiment, case study and content analysis. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.


6 Credit Hours required

Sociological perspectives on the societal conditions and institutional roots as well as the social consequences of major social problems; includes analysis of assumptions underlying both popular and theoretical explanations of social problems, and policies and programs by which society attempts to alleviate them. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Sociological analysis of the structure and functions of the family in contemporary society;interrelationships and structures; impact of social change on family structure and stability; and current trends in the institution. Focus on industrial societies with some comparative material included.Prerequisite: SO211 or instructor's consent.

Studies interracial and interethnic relations, prejudice, discrimination and the changing nature of contacts and problems generated between groups within the social institutions of multiethnic societies. The primary focus is the U.S., with use made of comparative material from several societies. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Examines the changing status and roles of women in various institutional settings in contemporary society; relevant historical, cross-cultural and ethnic comparisons; the social construction of gender concepts; socialization, stereotypes, inequalities in power; traditional division of labor by sex and its relationship to cultural beliefs about gender; parallels with minority status and current social movements. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

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