Degree in Criminology - Majors & Programs | Benedictine College


Bachelor of Science, Department of Sociology and Criminology

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Department Overview

Criminology is an interdisciplinary social science that studies the causes of crime and delinquency, analyzes crime patterns, and critically examines the origins and functions of criminal law and the criminal justice system.  The criminology program at Benedictine College, contained in the Department of Sociology, provides students with a rigorous introduction to the methods and material of contemporary criminological inquiry, including classical and contemporary theories of crime and criminality, methods of theory testing and data analysis, and public policy issues related to crime prevention, control and punishment.

Degree Objectives

  • Help students acquire an in-depth comprehension of the social order through study of major concepts and theories found within the discipline
  • Develop knowledge of scientific sociology through practical experience in theory construction, methodology and field study
  • Prepare students for graduate and professional schools with a view toward research, teaching, and public service
  • Prepare students for careers in applied social science, social administration, and public social services

Career Opportunities

  • Administrator
  • Social systems analyst
  • Business and industry
  • Community planning
  • Counseling
  • Environmental research & planning
  • Governmental
  • Market and public opinion research
  • Minority and race relations staff
  • Urban affairs
  • Regional planning & development
  • Research advertising
  • Census
  • Teaching


Dr. Kevin M. Bryant
Professor & Chair
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  • Dr. Kevin M. Bryant
    Professor & Chair
  • Dr. Gary Burkart
    Professor Emeritus
  • Dr. Nicholas Hauman
    Assistant Professor
  • Karen Wood
    Assistant Professor

Freshman Year

ENGL-1010English Composition3
Foreign Language4
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
GNST-1000BC Experience1
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
CRIM-1000Introduction to Crime and Justice3
Historical Inquiry Foundation3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
Foreign Language4
Aesthetic Foundation3
Understanding Natural World Foundation4
Historical Foundation3

Sophomore Year

Criminology Elective3
Aesthetic Experience3
Faith Foundation3
Skills and Perspectives or Electives6
EXSCFitness course1
CRIM-3100Theories of Crime & Deviance3
SOCI-2300World Regional Geography3
Skills and Perspectives or Electives6
MATH-1220Introductory Statistics4

Junior Year

Faith Foundation3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
SOCI-3155Research Design3
Criminology Elective3
Criminology Allied and Skills Elective3
Skills and Perspectives or Electives3
SOCI-3165Data Analysis3
Criminology Elective3
Criminology Allied and Skills Elective3
Skills and Perspectives or Electives6

Senior Year

CRIM-COMPSenior Comp. Examcr
CRIM-4790Criminology Internship3
CRIMCriminology Elective6
CRIMCriminology Allied and Skills Elective3
Skills and Perspectives or Electives3
CRIMCriminology Elective3
CRIMCriminology Allied and Skills Elective6
Skills and Perspectives or Electives6

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology
  • Minors in Sociology & Criminology

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