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Program Curriculum

The Criminology MA program only provides a non-thesis option and all courses are taught online using WKU's Blackboard Website.

Required Core Courses (15 hours)

  • SOCL 513: Quantitative Research Methods
  • SOCL 514: Advanced Social Statistics
  • CRIM 525: Survey of Criminal Justice Studies
  • CRIM 532: Criminology
  • CRIM 596: Applied Research Project

 Selected Elective Courses (15 Hours)

In addition to courses outlined above, students must complete 5 elective courses for a total of 15 credit hours.

  • A minimum of 2 courses must be selected from the approved department list.
  • Up to 3 electives may be selected from the approved list of courses that fall outside the department. Courses must be approved by the criminology advisor. Students may work with their advisor to select applicable courses at WKU to fulfill program requirements or select courses from the list of approved electives offered by the Department of Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and the Department of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University: 

Online courses may be selected from the list below:

  • Approved Electives from within the Department of Sociology: Select at least 2 elective courses (6 hours):
    • CRIM 530: Penology
    • CRIM 533: Criminology and Law
    • CRIM 534: Neighborhoods and Crime
    • SOCL 535: Family Violence
    • CRIM 538: Victimology
    • CRIM 547: Life-course Criminology
  • Approved Electives from Outside Department: Select up to 3 elective courses (9 hours): 
    • COR 823: Topical Seminar in Corrections/Juvenile Justice
    • COR 830: Corrections and Society
    • COR 835: Administration of Corrections and Juvenile Justice
    • COR 840: Adult Corrections
    • COR 850: Offender Rehabilitation Strategies
    • COR 856: Law and Ethics in Corrections and Juvenile Justice
    • CRJ 814: Policing and Society
    • CRJ 874: Crime and Popular Culture
    • CRJ 875: Crime and Public Policy
    • CRJ 878: Ideology and Criminal Justice

Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  • Additional course options are available on campus. Please click HERE to see the full schedule of classes.
  • Students can also choose to enroll in a graduate certificate program and use up to 12 hours of courses to fulfill their elective requirements with advisor approval. 
  • A list of available graduate certificates can be found HERE.
  • Students may transfer up to 12 hours from another graduate program or institution to fulfill program requirements (if courses meet transfer requirements and advisor approval). 
  • Students must pass an oral examination after completing all course work in the specified curriculum.

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 Last Modified 6/5/17