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Program Requirements

The MA in Criminology requires students to complete a total of 33 credit hours, including 30 credit hours of graduate work plus a 3 credit hour research tool. The program only provides a non-thesis option, and all courses are taught online.*

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SOCL 514 Advanced Social Statistics 3
SOCL 525 Survey of Criminal Justice Studies 3
SOCL 532 Criminology 3
SOCL 596 Applied Research Project 3

Elective Courses:

Students must also complete 18 credit hours of elective courses. A minimum of 6 elective hours must be taken from this list of electives in the Department of Sociology at WKU.

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SOCL 530 Penology 3
SOCL 531 Deviant Behavior 3
SOCL 533 Criminology and Law 3
SOCL 534 Neighborhoods and Crime 3
SOCL 535 Family Violence 3
SOCL 536 Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOCL 537 Comparative Criminology 3
SOCL 538 Victimology 3
SOCL 546 Gender, Crime, and Justice 3
SOCL 547 Life-course Criminology 3
SOCL 548 Race, Class, and Crime 3
SOCL 572 Environmental Criminology 3
SOCL 513 Quantitative Research Methods 3

*Students must pass an oral examination after completing all course work in the specified curriculum.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14