Criminology (BA)

Criminology is the study of crimes, criminals, crime victims, theories explaining illegal and/or deviant behavior, the social reaction to crime and criminals, the effectiveness of anti-crime policies and the broader political terrain of social control. The major contains courses in sociology, other social science disciplines and the humanities. Students who are planning to attend graduate or professional schools and students who are currently working in criminal justice or other public service fields as well as those planning to do so in the future will find this major of interest.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

• Show an understanding of the social construction of crime and deviance, the nature and causes of crime, the behavior of offenders, the social reaction to crime and deviance, the relationship between criminology and public policy.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of criminological research.
• Show a critical awareness of public debate in the areas of crime and punishment.
• Demonstrate the ability to make reasoned and informed judgment on issues relating to crime and punishment.
For more information about learning outcomes, please click here.

Credits required: 36                            Four Year Academic Plan 

Coordinator. Professor Louis Kontos, Department of Sociology (646.557.4512,

Advisors. Professor Barry Spunt, Department of Sociology (212.237.8677, & Professor Michael Rowan, Department of Sociology (646.781.5813,

Prerequisites: SOC 101. These course fulfills the College's general education requirements for the Flexible Core: Individual & Society area. Other courses also have prerequisites beyond courses previously taken in the major:

Honors Option: Students with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average when they have completed 75 credits are eligible for a Criminology Honors track. The Honors track requires completion of 6 additional credits in the form of a a two-semester research internship (SOC 430-431) or a research independent study. Consult the major coordinator for further information.

Additional information:
Students who enroll for the first time at the College or changed to this major in Fall 2014 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version can be obtained in the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin, available at



SOC 203 Criminology
SOC 314 Theories of Social Order
SOC 440 Senior Seminar in Criminology
SSC 325 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics

Select one 

ANT 230 Culture and Crime
ECO 170 Introduction to the Economics of Crime and Social Problems
LAW 310/PHI 310 Ethics and Law
PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology

Select two courses

SOC 236/CRJ 236 Victimology
SOC 301 Penology
SOC 308 Sociology of Violence
SOC 309 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 335 Migration and Crime
SOC 360/ECO 360 Corporate and White Collar Crime
SOC 385 Special Topics in Criminology
SOC 420/CRJ 420 Women and Crime

Select one course

SOC 324 Advanced Social Statistics
SOC 327 Advanced Sociological Methodology
SOC 328 Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 329 Evaluation Research

PART FIVE. ELECTIVES Subtotal: 9 credits

A. Multi-Disciplinary Electives
Select one

AFR 215 Police and the Ghetto
ANT 330 American Cultural Pluralism and the Law
ANT 340 Anthropology and the Abnormal
ECO 315/PSC 315 An Economic Analysis of Crime
LIT 326 Crime, Punishment and Justice in U.S. Literature
LIT 327 Crime, Punishment and Justice in World Literatures
LLS 325 The Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice
PSC 216 Crime Mapping
PSY 332 The Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 372 Psychology of Criminal Behavior

B. Sociology Electives
Select two

SOC 201 Urban Sociology
SOC 202/PSY 202 The Family: Changes, Challenges, and Crisis Intervention 
SOC 206 Sociology of Conflict
SOC 222 Crime, Media and Public Opinion
SOC 240 Social Deviance
SOC 251 Sociology of Human Rights
SOC 282 Selected Topics in Sociology
SOC 302 Social Problems
SOC 305 The Sociology of Law
SOC 351 Crime and Delinquency in Asia
SOC 405 Social Systems/Modern Organizations

Total: 36 credits