Criminology, B.A.

Program Director: Kelly Welch, Ph.D.
Office Location: 274 Saint Augustine Center
Telephone: (610) 519-7048
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About

The Criminology major is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with an understanding of the causes, social functions, nature and application of criminal law, and societal reactions to criminal law. Criminologists believe that people’s actions are strongly influenced by the conditions and situations in which they live, work, and play. Everybody makes decisions, but we recognize and study how social structures and institutions affect and constrain those decisions. Our goal as researchers is to expose and analyze the impacts of those circumstances on human decisions, societies, and opportunities. Methodologically, we incorporate multiple perspectives and analytical approaches to help create a more holistic understanding of our society. Rather than a technical program which focuses on applied skills, our program emphasizes the justice component. Our mission as teachers is to empower students to think critically and rigorously about individuals and societies. Through our diverse offerings on local, regional, national and global social processes, we strive to create more complete human beings with a keen sense of humanity, social justice, and appropriate social policy.

 

MAJOR (33 credits)

To declare the Major, a student must have completed Introduction to Criminology (CRM 1001), with a “C+” or higher or have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The Major consists of 33 credits. A student must allow three full semesters after the declaration of the Major to complete all requirements. One of the Criminology electives for the Major can be satisfied by an internship for credit with approval from the Program Director, provided that the student has at least 15 credits toward the Major.

Program Notes:

  • A student taking an internship in a field setting in the second semester of their junior year or during their senior year should consult with the Program Director.

Required Major Courses:

Item #
Title
CRM Elective  +
3
CRM Elective  +
3
CRM Elective  +
3
CRM Elective  +
3
CRM Elective  +
3
SOC Elective  +
3

 

Disclaimer:
The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2020. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 

Overview

Program

Type

Bachelor of Arts