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Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

Criminology Bachelor's Degree

As sociologists, criminologists study factors such as when and where crimes are most often committed, the reasons for criminal behavior, and the types of crimes most often committed. They may also research crime's effect on society at large, and the government's response to crime. Criminology draws on the fields of sociology and psychology more than the field of forensics. Jobs often rely on the ability to predict criminals' moves. Many graduates work in law enforcement, the prison system, juvenile corrections, probation or parole, or use the bachelor’s degree to prepare for graduate or law school. 

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s) if applicable
  • ACT or SAT scores if applicable

When completing the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application, under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:

  • Category of Study >>> Bachelor's Degree
  • Planned Course of Study >>> Criminology
  • Primary Location >>> Web (online only)

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The major in criminology requires a minimum of 34 semester hours within the major, which includes 22 credit hours of core requirements and 12 credit hours of approved electives, plus a minor or second major and the Colonnade program (formerly general education) for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students majoring in criminology may not have a second major in sociology. 

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

Core Requirements (22 hrs)

CRIM 101 Intro to Criminal Justice (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
CRIM 330 Criminology (Fall, Summer)
CRIM 332 Juvenile Delinquency (Fall & Spring)
CRIM 380 Penology (Fall, Spring, Summer)
CRIM 499

Senior Seminar (Fall & Spring)

SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
SOCL 302 Social Research Methods (Fall, Spring, Summer)
SOCL 309 Social Deviance (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Approved Electives (12 hrs)

CRIM 232 Intro Law Enforcement (Fall & Spring)
CRIM 434 Organized Crime (Summer)
CRIM 438 Victimology (Fall, Winter, Spring)
CRIM 446 Gender, Crime, and Justice (Spring)
CRIM 451 White Collar Crime (Winter & Summer)
PH 165

Drug Abuse (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)

PS 220 Judicial Process (Summer)
PSY 440 Abnormal Psychology (Fall, Spring, Summer)
SOCL 359 Sexuality and Society (Summer)
SOCL 435 Family Violence (Fall, Spring, Summer) 

Colonnade (39 Hours) or General Education Certification

In addition to the program specific courses previously listed, students without an A.A. or A.S from a regionally accredited school must complete 39 additional hours as part of the Colonnade Program (formerly General Education). However, students who transfer to WKU with an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited school are considered General Education Certified and are not required to complete Colonnade requirements.

Please Note: A bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Remaining hours may be earned through completing a Minor Program of Study, an Undergraduate Certificate, or additional electives or through a combination of these options. Please work with your advisor or support staff in WKU Online to identify online options. 

Program Contact

Karen Hume
Email: karen.hume@wku.edu
Phone: (270 745-2150

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932 

You may qualify for up to $4,000 in scholarships!

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 Last Modified 8/29/19