The Criminology minor allows students to gain a foundation in criminological research and an introduction to evidence-based interpretations of contemporary issues regarding crime.

Course Requirements

The Department of Sociology requires six courses for the minor:

  • SOC 202 Research Methods (or equivalent, PSY 350 Research Methods in Psychology, or SSS 340 and 341 Social Work Research and Statistics I and II).
  • SOC 205 Sociology of Crimes
  • SOC 317 Criminological Theory OR SOC 352 Sociological Theory
  • Three additional electives from the list below

The above requirements apply only to non-Sociology majors. Students majoring in sociology need to take four interdisciplinary electives from outside the department.

All minors must complete the above core required curriculum with a grade of "C-".

Elective Courses

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology OR SOC 102 Global Social Problems
  • SOC 107 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • SOC 204 Transnational Crime
  • SOC 208 Sociology of Delinquency
  • SOC 226 Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • SOC 230 Families and Incarceration
  • SOC 270 Human Rights in a Global Society
  • SOC 300 Sociology Research Practicum
  • SOC 303 Public Safety Leadership
  • SOC 309 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 310 Police, Law and Society
  • SOC 311 Victimology
  • SOC 313 Criminal Investigations
  • SOC 315 Crime in Urban America
  • SOC 319 Modern Islamic Terrorism
  • SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • SOC 322 Military and Society
  • SOC 324 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 329 White Collar Crime
  • SOC 331 Globalization and Social Movements
  • SOC 332 Popular Culture and Crime
  • SOC 335 Surveillance
  • SOC 337 Crime and Corruption in Chinese Society
  • SOC 339 Punishment
  • SOC 341 Border Security
  • SOC 354 Social Psychology of Crime
  • SOC 357 National Security and Civil Liberties
  • SOC 365 Controlling America's Borders: Issues and Problems
  • SOC 371 Deviance and Control
  • SOC 407 Pillaging, Murder, and Mayhem: A Survey of Violent Crime
  • SOC 408 Religion and Terrorism
  • SOC 415 Criminal Behavior in America
  • SOC 424 Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • SOC 468 The FBI and Counterintelligence
  • SOC 493 Independent Research
  • SOC 494 Independent Study in Sociology
  • SOC 495 Sociology Internship

Interdisciplinary Electives

  • ANTH 204 Forensic Anthropology
  • CHEM 202 Science Under Oath
  • CSC 581 or EE 581 Cryptography and Stenography
  • LSC 324 Actionable Intelligence
  • MATH 114 Probability and Statistics (non-Sociology majors only) or MATH 314 Statistics II
  • MDIA 308 Mafia, Politics, and Italian Society in Cinema
  • MDIA 322 Media and Crime
  • MGT 351 Intro to Business Intelligence
  • POL 260 Intro to American Intelligence
  • POL 412A Homeland Security
  • POL 437 Countering Terrorists and Radicals 
  • POL 462 Moral Foundations of Intelligence 
  • POL 468 US Counterintelligence: Operations and Controversies
  • POL 471 Issues in Contemporary U.S. Intelligence
  • PSY 302 Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 350 Research Methods in Psychology (for non-Sociology majors only; substitute for SOC 202)