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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Major

Meet Your Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice

As a criminology major, you’ll study the causes, patterns and control of crime and criminal behavior in individuals, groups, organizations, cultures and societies. You’ll explore lawmaking, lawbreaking and their social consequences, and learn how to reduce crime and improve criminal-justice policies.

What You’ll Learn

In the criminology and criminal justice program, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of the complex relationship between society and its members.
  • Focus on the degree to which people’s lives are influenced by sociocultural, political-economic and historical forces.
  • Cultivate critical thinking and informed analysis about the legal system, crime and systems of punishment and social control.
  • Examine how inequalities of race, class, gender, age and sexuality are intertwined with systems of control and punishment.
  • Learn the theoretical perspectives and research methods criminologists use to systematically study the multifaceted aspects of crime.


Hands-on Learning

In our required semester-long internship program, you’ll learn to apply criminological reasoning through supervised fieldwork experiences at agencies like the U.S. Probation Office, Essex County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families. Bonus? Not only will you get to test-drive your career options and learn from professionals in the field, you’ll gain a better understanding of your postgraduate education options and build a network for potential full-time employment after graduation.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the criminology program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a career in criminology or a related professional field such as law, criminal justice, conflict resolution or social work. Positions may include:

  • Correctional officer
  • Criminal profiler
  • Crime-victim specialist
  • Federal special agent
  • Forensic-science technician
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Fire investigator
  • Probation officer
  • Security specialist


What You’ll Take

All criminology and criminal justice majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the 40-credit and minimum-of-10-course requirement. To graduate with a degree in criminology, you must maintain a GAP of at least 2.0 in your selected criminology courses.

Courses in the School of Education and Social Policy are scheduled to account for instructional time that is commensurate with credits earned.

Required courses

CRM 1000

Introduction to Criminology (required before entering criminology-degree program)

CRM 3000

Society and Law

CRM 4000

Research Methods in Criminology

CRM 4500

Statistics in Criminology

CRM 4800
or
CRM 4850

Criminology Internship
or
Criminology Internship 

Elective Courses

Choose one of the following two options:

1. Choose five electives from criminology and criminal justice

CRM 2000

Youth, Deviance and Crime

CRM 2200

Corporate and White-Collar Crime

CRM 2300

Hate Crimes

CRM 2500

The Death Penalty

CRM 2600

Policy and Prevention in the Public Sphere

CRM 2800

Search and Seizure

CRM 2900

Police Culture

CRM 3050(W)

Female Deviance, Crime and Social Control

CRM 3380(W)

Race, Class and Crime

CRM 3430

Criminal Justice and Mental Health

CRM 3500

Domestic Violence

CRM 3900

Incarceration

CRM 4900

Directed Study

CRM 4910

Directed Study

CRM 5001

Advanced Topics in Criminology

2. Choose three electives from outside the department

SOC 2050

Social Work

PHL 2500

Theories of Justice

PHL 3020

Philosophy of Law

PHL 3030

Global Justice

POL 3150

Criminal Law

POL 3151

American Constitutional Law

PSY 3340

Developmental Psychopathology

PSY 3410

Adult Psychopathology

More Info

Jacqueline Gillette

Administrative Assistant

Austin 203

978-837-5165
gillettej@merrimack.edu