School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
The Criminology Program is an interdisciplinary academic program, based primarily in criminology and sociology that studies the interrelationships among law, policy, and societal conditions. The relationships among these factors are dynamic and complex, therefore Criminology integrates a variety of perspectives, approaches, and social science disciplines in order to analyze and understand the origins of crime and injustice and society's response to these issues.
The mission of the Criminology Program is to examine the causes and consequences of crime and crime control politics by providing a program of study involving a variety of perspectives, approaches, and social science disciplines to undergraduate students. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and scholars who have published their work in the most prestigious journals in the field. They are committed to expanding the knowledge of the discipline and preparing students to be leaders in influencing our society's response to crime.
Majors in the Criminology program at UT Dallas will be provided an educational experience, which will allow them to put their academic training, background and experience to use in a wide variety of post-graduate educational and occupational positions, including:
- Employment in Criminal Justice agencies at the federal, state, and local government level;
- Graduate School in Criminology or Criminal Justice (or a related social science discipline;
- Law School; or
- Social Work, Counseling, or other Human Service program.
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology Degree Requirements (120 hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours
A. Communication (6 hours)
3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
3 hours Communication Elective (CRIM 3300)2
B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)
6 hours American History
3 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (ECON 2301 or ECON 2302)2
C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
3 hours Mathematics (at or above College Algebra, recommended MATH 1306 or 1314)
4 hours Quantitative Reasoning (SOCS 3405)2
E. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)
1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
II. Major Requirements: 52 hours
Major Preparatory Courses (6 hours)
CRIM 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM 1307 Introduction to Crime and Criminology
Major Core Courses (22 hours)
CRIM 3301 Theories of Justice
or another EPPS course with a distributive justice emphasis such as SOC 4361 Law and Society, SOC 4302 Class, Status, and Power, or ECON 4320 Public Sector Economics
CRIM 3302 Advanced Criminology
CRIM 3303 Advanced Criminal Justice
CRIM 3304 Research Methods in Crime and Justice Studies (taken before SOCS 3405)
CRIM 3319 Comparative Justice Systems
or another ISSS or Social Science course with a comparative or international focus such as ECON 3370 The Global Economy, or PSCI 3350 Comparative Politics
CRIM 4305 Social Control and Criminal Sanctions
CRIM 4321 Senior Research Seminar
SOCS 3405 Introduction to Social Statistics with Lab2
3 hours Communication Elective (See advisor for list of approved courses)2
Major Related Courses (24 hours)
15 hours CRIM courses, including at least 12 hours of upper-division courses
9 hours Major and Related Electives3
2 This course is a Major requirement that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
3 Students must take 3 hours in Sociology. Most students take 6 hours of upper-division CRIM courses. However, subject to advisor approval, courses from other disciplines may be used to satisfy this requirement.
III. Elective Requirements: 26 hours
Advanced Electives (6 hours)
All students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites.
Free Electives (20 hours)
This requirement may be satisfied with lower- and upper-division courses from any field of study. Note: Students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.
Minor in Criminology: 18 hours
For a minor in Criminology, students must take the following: CRIM 1301 and CRIM 1307, and twelve hours of crime and justice studies electives, excluding CRIM 4V97, CRIM 4V98, and CRIM 4V99.