Criminology Major (B.A.)

Criminology is the scientific study of crime and its causes. The major in criminology is designed for the student interested in understanding crime and who appreciates approaches to crime and justice that are consistent with a liberal arts environment in the Jesuit tradition. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing on the social and natural sciences, humanities and relevant professional disciplines.

Criminology Major (B.A.)

The following courses are required regardless of concentration.

Core Requirements 1
COR 100First Year Seminars: Transitions3
WRT 101Critical Writing3
PHL 110Introduction to Philosophy3
HST 110
HST 111
World Civilization I
and World Civilization II
ENG 210Major Authors3
PHL 210Moral Philosophy3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language6
ENG 310Literature and Culture3
Social Science3
Natural Science3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies3
COR 400Senior Studies: Transformations3
VPA Visual & Performing Arts1
DIV Diversity0
Major Requirements
CJS 101Introduction to Criminology3
CJS 201Research Methods3
CJS 220The Criminal Justice System3
CJS 305Criminological Theory3
CJS 451Capstone Course in Criminology and Sociology3
Major Support Requirements
MTH 111Introduction to Statistics I (with Computer Lab)4
Language (through 104, at least one class to be taken in the same language at Le Moyne) 2
Select a total of 10 classes with 9 from lists 1 and 2, chosen with at least 3 from each.30
Total Credit Hours121

Some Core requirements may be fulfilled by major requirements.


Students must complete two semesters of intermediate-level courses or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. Four three-credit course slots are reserved for students to meet this requirement but those able to begin language study above the 101 level will be able to complete the requirement with fewer courses. All students will be required to take at least one course regardless of the level at which they begin. Students interested in federal law enforcement or counter-terrorism should strongly consider taking Arabic to meet their language requirement. Students unsure of their career interest may want to consider delaying language courses until their sophomore year. Upon completing their foreign language course work in Spanish or French, students are encouraged to consult with their advisors on the benefits of taking the nationally recognized Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), which is administered by the foreign languages department. Students who choose to take ASL 330 American Sign Language I, ASL 331 American Sign Language(ASL)II and ASL 332 American Sign Language III to meet this requirement will also be required to take ANT 300 Anthropological Linguistics/FLL 301 Anthropological Linguistics/PGS 300 Anthropological Linguistics as their fourth course.


List 1 - Human Services/Law Enforcement
CJS 232Family Violence3
SOC 240Social Welfare3
SOC 241Social Inequality3
CJS 244Race and Ethnic Relations3
CJS 323Juvenile Delinquency3
CJS 326Deviance3
CJS 335Psychology and the Law3
SOC 344Gender and Society3
CJS 345Conflict Resolution3
CJS 351Victimology3
List 2 - Analytical/Cultural/Policy
ANT 223Global Crime3
CJS 225Gangs and Criminal Community3
CJS 301Crime&Punishment Comparative Perspectiv3
ANT 303Social Theory in Anthro/Sociol3
CJS 321Law,Society & Social Science3
CJS 322Economics of Crime and Punishment3
CJS 343Immigration3
CJS 381Understanding Modern Terrorism3
SOC 402Program Evaluation Research Methods And Policy3
SOC 444Gender and Global Violence3
Other CJS electives that can be counted toward the 10 total:
CJS 390Independent Study in Criminology1-3
CJS 490Internship in Criminology1-6
CJS 495Empirical Research3-6
CJS 496Honors Project in Criminology3-6
CJS 499Research in Criminology3-6
List 3 - Each student must choose any two classes from this list:
ANT 213People&Cultures Southeast Asia3
ANT 300Anthropological Linguistics3
HST 316History of American Law3
HST 350State and Faith in the Middle East3
HST 379Modern Middle East History 1792- Present3
HST 388Coca, Culture & Politics in Latin Amer3
HST 406Seminar: Modern East Asia3
HST 417Seminar: African History3
PSC 207Power and Justice3
PSC 301The U.S. Supreme Court3
PSC 332Public Policy3
PSC 362International Law3
PSC 451American Constitutional Law I3
PSC 452American Constitutional Law II3
PSY 220Human Life Span Development3
PSY 280Abnormal/Normal Psychology3
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hour
WRT 101 Critical Writing 3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
HST 110 World Civilization I 3
COR 100 First Year Seminars: Transitions 3
CJS 101 Introduction to Criminology 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
HST 111 World Civilization II 3
MTH 111 Introduction to Statistics I (with Computer Lab) 4
Science 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
First Semester
ENG 210 Major Authors 3
Language 3
Theology 3
CJS 201 Research Methods 3
Major Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy 3
Language 3
CJS 220 The Criminal Justice System 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
First Semester
ENG 310 Literature and Culture 3
CJS 305 Criminological Theory 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
DIV Diversity or Free Elective 3
VPA Visual & Performing Arts 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
DIV Diversity or Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
First Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Senior Studies: Transformations  
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Senior Studies: Transformations  
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
CJS 451 Capstone Course in Criminology and Sociology 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours122