UT Dallas 2014 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Criminology (BA)

The Criminology Program is an interdisciplinary academic program, based primarily in criminology and sociology that studies the interrelationships among law, policy, and societal conditions. The relationships among these factors are dynamic and complex, therefore Criminology integrates a variety of perspectives, approaches, and social science disciplines in order to analyze and understand the origins of crime and injustice and society's response to these issues.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Criminology Program is to examine the causes and consequences of crime and crime control politics by providing a program of study involving a variety of perspectives, approaches, and social science disciplines to undergraduate students. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and scholars who have published their work in the most prestigious journals in the field. They are committed to expanding the knowledge of the discipline and preparing students to be leaders in influencing our society's response to crime.

Majors in the Criminology Program at UT Dallas will be provided an educational experience, which will allow them to put their academic training, background and experience to use in a wide variety of post-graduate educational and occupational positions, including:

  • Employment in Criminal Justice agencies at the federal, state, and local government level;
  • Graduate School in Criminology or Criminal Justice (or a related social science discipline);
  • Law School; or
  • Social Work, Counseling, or other Human Service program.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2

Communication: 6 semester credit hours

COMM 1311 Survey of Oral and Technology-based Communication
RHET 1302 Rhetoric

Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours

One of the following:

MATH 1306 College Algebra for the Non-Scientist
MATH 1314 College Algebra

Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Life and Physical Sciences core courses (see advisor)

Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours

One of the following:

HUMA 1301 Exploration of the Humanities
LIT 2331 Masterpieces of World Literature
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2316 History of Philosophy I
PHIL 2317 History of Philosophy II

Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours

ARTS 1301 Explorations of the Arts

American History: 6 semester credit hours

HIST 1301 U.S. History Survey to Civil War
HIST 1302 U.S. Survey from Civil War

Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours

GOVT 2305 American National Government
GOVT 2306 State and Local Government

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours

One of the following:

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
SOC 1301 Introduction to Sociology

Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours

EPPS 2301 Research Design in the Social and Policy Sciences

And one of the following:

EPPS 2302 Methods of Quantitative Analysis in the Social and Policy Sciences
EPPS 2303 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics for the Social and Policy Sciences

II. Major Requirements: 60 semester credit hours

Major Preparatory Courses: 18 semester credit hours

CRIM 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM 1307 Introduction to Crime and Criminology
CRIM 2306 Criminal Law
CRIM 2313 Police and Society
CRIM 2316 Corrections
CRIM 2317 Criminal Prosecution and Court Process

Major Core Courses: 24 semester credit hours

CRIM 3300 Crime and Civil Liberties
CRIM 3302 Advanced Criminology
CRIM 3303 Advanced Criminal Justice
CRIM 3310 Youth Crime and Justice
CRIM 4311 Crime and Justice Policy
CRIM 4322 Senior Research Seminar3

Distributive Justice Focus

Choose one of the following (3 semester credit hours):

CRIM 3301 Theories of Justice4
ECON 4330 Law and Economics
SOC 4302 Class, Status and Power

International or Comparative Focus

Choose one of the following (3 semester credit hours):

CRIM 3319 Comparative Justice Systems4
ECON 4360 International Trade
PSCI 3350 Comparative Politics
SOC 3336 Culture Regions

Major Related Upper-Division Elective Courses: 18 semester credit hours

18 semester credit hours of CRIM upper-division courses or related to CRIM

III. Elective Requirements: 18 semester credit hours

This requirement may be satisfied with lower-and upper-division courses from any field of study. Students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation.

  1. Incoming freshmen must complete and pass UNIV 1010 Freshman Seminar and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.
  2. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from institutions of higher education. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
  3. To be taken upon completion of Criminology major core courses.
  4. Preferred courses for Criminology Majors.
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