Criminology Online

With an online criminology degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, you will use your intrigue for criminal behavior, the impact of crime on victims and the reaction of society to make an impact in your community.

Earn Your Criminology Degree Online at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Your interest in law and the psychology of crime. Our expertise.

The criminology major at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College emphasizes a social science understanding of crime and criminal behavior with an emphasis on critical reading, writing and research, preparing criminology students for a career as a criminologist and a variety of other criminology jobs.

We have high expectations for you. Here’s what you can expect from us:

Support: Our professors are more than just teachers. They are advisors, cheerleaders and friends. We offer online academic support so you’re never alone and career services specifically tailored to individual student goals.

Dedication: Our faculty and staff have stood in your shoes before. We know about the homework, class projects and presentations. We’re here to help, advise and encourage you through all of your classes.

Convenience: We understand you’re busy—you’re a student, a parent and an employee. We know that you have many responsibilities to balance, so we work with you to ensure that you graduate with a criminology degree that breaks down the barriers in your career.

As a student, you will gain a solid understanding of the correctional system, within the context of the helping professions.

For more information about the department visit the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Criminology Major - (36 credit hours)

The criminology major at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College emphasizes a social science understanding of crime and criminal behavior with an emphasis on critical reading, writing and research, preparing criminology students for a career as a criminologist and a variety of other criminology jobs.

Criminology Core

24 Credit Hours required; all courses listed

Introduction to criminal justice systems and processes from the time of arraignment and booking through pre-trial, trial, and sentencing.

Study of the Juvenile Justice Process.

Study of the corrections process.

The CR 320 Junior Seminar course will introduce students to the various careers existing in the field of criminology and will also aid those students who wish to pursue study at the graduate level.

Students will learn and develop the skills necessary for investigating, interviewing, and report writing in the field of Criminology.

Hands on training and/or original research in Criminology.

Combines the study of state and local government and the American federal system. Students will view federalism as a dynamic relationship between the various levels of government in order to develop an understanding of the interplay of laws at each level.

Psychology Concentration

12 Credit Hours required; all courses listed
*Both PS111 & MA253 Required by Woods Core

Organization of data; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression; chi-square; analysis of variance; application to business decisions and experiments in natural and social sciences. Use of appropriate computer software. Fulfills general studies requirement. Prerequisite: MA112 or placement.

An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes. Fulfills general studies requirement.

Introduces research methods including experimental and quasi-experimental design, correlation techniques, survey and field research. May have course fee. Prerequisites: PS 111 and PS/ MA 253.

Psychology Concentration (Electives)

9 Credit Hours required; Approved Courses Listed

Theoretical and practical knowledge needed to make use of basic counseling skills. Emphasis on process in utilizing these skills. Activities include role playing and video presentations.

Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Studies the psychological, biological and social aspects of alcoholism and other drug addictions with an introduction to group, individual and pharmacological treatment methods. Prerequisites: PS 111 or instructor‘s consent.

Studies the way in which people‘s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Topics covered include attitudes, conformity, interpersonal relationships, aggression, and prejudice. Prerequisite: PS 111 or SO 211.

Provides an overview of crisis theory and interventions for working with clients in crisis. Crisis and conflict management theories, strategies and skills will be examined and applied to a variety of situations including those involving suicide, physical and sexual assault, natural and manmade disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school.

Sociology Concentration

12 Credit Hours required; all courses listed
*Both SO211 & MA253 Required by Woods Core

Organization of data; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression; chi-square; analysis of variance; application to business decisions and experiments in natural and social sciences. Use of appropriate computer software. Fulfills general studies requirement. Prerequisite: MA112 or placement.

Studies the basic principles, perspectives and concepts of sociology. Broad overview with emphasis on social structure, social interaction, culture, socialization, groups, formal organization, stratification, social institutions and social change. Fulfills general studies requirement.

Examines the phenomenon of non-normative behavior from several perspectives (e.g., society, social organizations and individuals); includes analysis of the social contexts in which behaviors, individuals and groups come to be labeled as deviant, as well as the influence of historical and political factors; considers sociological theories which explain the occurrence and distribution of deviance; explores approaches to the management of deviance and deviants through social control. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Presents basic principles of research design and the primary techniques used by social scientists in the collection and analysis of data; for example, surveys and polling, observation, experiment, case study and content analysis. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Sociology Concentration (Electives)

6 Credit Hours required; Approved courses listed

Sociological perspectives on the societal conditions and institutional roots as well as the social consequences of major social problems; includes analysis of assumptions underlying both popular and theoretical explanations of social problems, and policies and programs by which society attempts to alleviate them. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Sociological analysis of the structure and functions of the family in contemporary society;interrelationships and structures; impact of social change on family structure and stability; and current trends in the institution. Focus on industrial societies with some comparative material included.Prerequisite: SO211 or instructor's consent.

Studies interracial and interethnic relations, prejudice, discrimination and the changing nature of contacts and problems generated between groups within the social institutions of multiethnic societies. The primary focus is the U.S., with use made of comparative material from several societies. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Examines the changing status and roles of women in various institutional settings in contemporary society; relevant historical, cross-cultural and ethnic comparisons; the social construction of gender concepts; socialization, stereotypes, inequalities in power; traditional division of labor by sex and its relationship to cultural beliefs about gender; parallels with minority status and current social movements. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Information about Course Requirements
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Criminology Core

24 Credit Hours required. Can choose from GO215 or GO318

Introduction to criminal justice systems and processes from the time of arraignment and booking through pre-trial, trial, and sentencing.

Study of the Juvenile Justice Process.

Study of the corrections process.

The CR 320 Junior Seminar course will introduce students to the various careers existing in the field of criminology and will also aid those students who wish to pursue study at the graduate level.

Students will learn and develop the skills necessary for investigating, interviewing, and report writing in the field of Criminology.

Course introduces the principles and theories of criminal law and presents the fundamental role that criminal law plays in our democratic process.

Hands on training and/or original research in Criminology.

Surveys the United States federal structure of government and the political processes which undergird and mold this structure. Emphasizes contemporary issues, policy-making and the relationship of the United States system to those of other modern governments.

Studies the constitutional basis, organization and workings of state and local government. Emphasizes the interrelationships of states and their political subdivisions and the functioning of state and local politics.

An introduction to ethical issues in the helping professions and the legal context of the practice, with emphasis on the development of ethical competence for the undergraduate helping professional.

Explore a variety of social problems related to crime such as family violence, substance abuse, mental health issues and oppression.

Graduates of the criminology program can find employment in an assortment of careers in the law enforcement field including detective, criminal investigator, federal agent, corrections officer, corrections counselor, juvenile treatment worker, community correctional worker, probation/parole officer, private investigator and private security.

For more information about the department visit the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.