Overview

Offered on campus and online, the study of criminology at SMWC emphasizes a social science understanding of crime and criminal behavior with an emphasis on critical reading, writing and research. If you are interested in the contemporary justice issues our country faces today, you may be interested in preparing yourself for a career as a criminologist and a variety of other criminology jobs. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in the liberal arts.

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

Major

In addition to Woods Core (also known as general studies) courses and electives, the criminology major requires 36 credit hours. MA 253 and PS111 OR SO211 are required in Woods Core.

Required Courses

24 credit hours required. Students have the choice between GO 215 and GO 318.

CR 111 Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduction to criminal justice systems and process from the time of arraignment and booking through pre-trial, trial and sentencing.

Campus 3 Credits
CR 200 Juvenile Justice
Campus | 2 Credits
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Study of the juvenile justice process. Prerequisite: CR 111.

Campus 2 Credits
CR 211 Corrections
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of the corrections process. Prerequisite: CR 111.

Campus 3 Credits
CR 320 Junior Seminar
Campus | 1 Credit
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The CR 320 Junior Seminar course will introduce students to the various careers existing in the field of criminology and will aid those students who wish to pursue study at the graduate level.

Campus 1 Credit
CR 330 Criminal Interviewing and Investigation
Campus | 3 Credits
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Students will learn and develop the skills necessary for investigating, interviewing and report writing in the field of criminology.

Campus 3 Credits
CR 331 Criminal Law and Procedure
Campus | 3 Credits
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Course introduces the principles and theories of criminal law and presents the fundamental role that criminal law plays in our democratic process.

Campus 3 Credits
CR 490 Fieldwork in Criminal Justice
Campus | 3-6 Credits
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Hands-on training and/or original research in criminology. Prerequisite: CR 111.

Campus 3-6 Credits
GO 215 American Federal System
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the United States federal structure of government and the political processes which undergird and mold this structure. Emphasizes contemporary issues, policy-making and the relationship of the United States system to those of modern governments. As needed.

Campus 3 Credits
GO 318 State and Local Government
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the constitutional basis, organization and workings of state and local government. Emphasizes the interrelationships of states and their political subdivisions and the functioning of state and local politics. As needed.

Campus 3 Credits
HS 250 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Helping Professions
Campus | 3 Credits
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An introduction to ethical issues in the helping professions and the legal context of practice, with emphasis on the development of ethical competence for the undergraduate helping professional.

Campus 3 Credits

Psychology Concentration - Required Courses

12 credit hours required.

PS 111 General Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 312 Research
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces research methods including experimental and quasi-experimental design, correlation techniques, survey and field research. May have course fee. Prerequisites: PS 111 and MA/PS 253.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

9 credit hours required.

PS 285 Techniques of Counseling
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 360 Abnormal Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 365 Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the psychological, biological and social aspects of alcoholism and other drug addictions with an introduction to group, individual and pharmacological treatment methods. Prerequisite: PS 111 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
PS/SO 370 Social Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 486 Crisis Intervention
Campus | 3 Credits
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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 man-made disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school. Pre-requisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits

Sociology Concentration - Required Courses

12 credit hours required.

SO 211 Introduction to Sociology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the basic principles, perspectives and concepts of sociology. Broad overview with emphasis on social structure, social interaction, culture, socialization, groups, formal organization, stratification, social institutions and social change. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SO 323 Crime and Deviance
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. As needed. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
SO/SS 415 Research Methods in Social Science
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. Spring, odd years. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

6 Credit Hours required.

SO 212 Contemporary Social Problems
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. Spring, even years.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 321 The Family
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. Fall, odd years.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 324 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 340 Sex, Gender and Society
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. As required. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

The criminology minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours in criminology-focused coursework.

Required Courses

24 Credit Hours required.

CR 111 Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduction to criminal justice systems and process from the time of arraignment and booking through pre-trial, trial and sentencing.

Campus 3 Credits
CR 200 Juvenile Justice
Campus | 2 Credits
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Study of the juvenile justice process. Prerequisite: CR 111.

Campus 2 Credits
CR 211 Corrections
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of the corrections process. Prerequisite: CR 111.

Campus 3 Credits
CR 320 Junior Seminar
Campus | 1 Credit
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The CR 320 Junior Seminar course will introduce students to the various careers existing in the field of criminology and will aid those students who wish to pursue study at the graduate level.

Campus 1 Credit
CR 330 Criminal Interviewing and Investigation
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

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

Campus 3 Credits
CR 331 Criminal Law and Procedure
Campus | 3 Credits
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Course introduces the principles and theories of criminal law and presents the fundamental role that criminal law plays in our democratic process.

Campus 3 Credits
CR 490 Fieldwork in Criminal Justice
Campus | 3-6 Credits
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Hands-on training and/or original research in criminology. Prerequisite: CR 111.

Campus 3-6 Credits
GO 215 American Federal System
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the United States federal structure of government and the political processes which undergird and mold this structure. Emphasizes contemporary issues, policy-making and the relationship of the United States system to those of modern governments. As needed.

Campus 3 Credits
GO 318 State and Local Government
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the constitutional basis, organization and workings of state and local government. Emphasizes the interrelationships of states and their political subdivisions and the functioning of state and local politics. As needed.

Campus 3 Credits
HS 250 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Helping Professions
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

An introduction to ethical issues in the helping professions and the legal context of practice, with emphasis on the development of ethical competence for the undergraduate helping professional.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

Those who hold an undergraduate degree in criminology most often pursue graduate study or rewarding careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Law
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Government
  • Politics
  • Forensics
  • Judicial/Courts
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research