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ODU's Criminology & Criminal Justice program provides comprehensive coverage of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice as well as criminological theory and research methods. 

Degree offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Minor in Criminology & Criminal Justice
See also: The Criminology & Criminal Justice program provides knowledge of the criminal justice system, the agencies that comprise the system and analysis of contemporary policy concerns. Students develop critical thinking, effective research skills, and awareness of the social, political, historical, ethical, and economic forces that affect criminal justice.

All of this is framed within the larger context of society today and the history of Western civilization. Themes addressed in this broad context include the concept of community, the nature of human nature, punishment vs. rehabilitation, victimology and civil rights.

Criminology & Criminal Justice majors are able to pursue careers in all sectors of the criminal justice system, sometimes after additional graduate study in criminology or public administration.
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Criminology & Criminal Justice
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 CRJ 230
    MTH 140
    POL 101
    CRJ 105 Natural Science
    HST PHL
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    COR 279 / CRJ Required Elective (1)
    Required Elective (1) Required Elective (3)
    SOC 101 or SOC 215 Foreign Language 111
    Foreign Language 110 THL
    Elective Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 / CRJ CRJ 352
    Required Elective (2) Required Elective (3)
    CRJ 365 PHL
    Art/Music/Theatre Elective
    Elective Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    Required Elective (3) CRJ 479
    Required Elective (3) Required Elective (3)
    LIT
    Elective
    THL
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Required Elective (1) – Choose two of the following courses:
    • CRJ 236, CRJ 263, CRJ 280, CRJ 310
    Required Elective (2) – Choose one of the following courses:
    • CRK 268, CRJ 305, CRJ 320, CRJ 378
    Required Elective (3) – Choose 18 credit hours from the of the following courses (not chosen above):
    • CRJ 231, CRJ 236, CRJ 263, CRJ 268, CRJ 278, CRJ 279A, CRJ 279G, CRJ 280, CRJ 305, CRJ 310, CRJ 320, CRJ 330, CRJ 378, CRJ 379A, CRJ 379C, CRJ 486, CRJ 497
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below.
    Courses Credits
    CRJ 105 The Criminal Justice System 3*
    CRJ 230 The Law, Society & Policy 3*
    CRJ 352 Research Methods 3*
    CRJ 365 Criminology 3*
    CRJ 479 CORE: Criminal Justice Seminar 3*
    Select two courses from the following:

    Courses Credits
    CRJ 236 The Judicial Process 3*
    CRJ 263 Juvenile Delinquency 3*
    CRJ 280 Police and Modern Society 3*
    CRJ 310 Corrections 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    CRJ 268 Victimology 3*
    CRJ 305 Ethics in Doing Justice 3*
    CRJ 320 Women in Crime & Criminal Justice 3*
    CRJ 378 Race & Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 3*
    CRJ Electives: Select 18 semester credits from the courses below excluding those selected above.

    Courses Credits
    CRJ 231 The History of the Constitution of the United States of America 3*
    CRJ 236 The Judicial Process 3*
    CRJ 263 Juvenile Delinquency 3*
    CRJ 268 Victimology 3*
    CRJ 278 Crime in Media & Popular Culture 3*
    CRJ 279A CORE: Environmental Values Policymaking 3*
    CRJ 279G CORE: Interpersonal Negotiation & Mediation 3*
    CRJ 280 Police & Modern Society 3*
    CRJ 305 Ethics in Doing Justice 3*
    CRJ 310 Corrections 3*
    CRJ 320 Women, Crime & Criminal Justice 3*
    CRJ 330 Punishment, Sentencing & the Death Penalty 3*
    CRJ 378 Race & Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 3*
    CRJ 379A CORE: Justice, Rights & Liberties 3*
    CRJ 379C CORE: Causes of Collective Violence: 
Terrorism, Genocide & War 3*
    CRJ 486 Independent Study 3*
    CRJ 497 Internship 3*
    Required Correlatives

    Courses Credits
    POL 101 The Great Issues of Politics 3
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    SOC 215 Deviance and Institutional Problems 3
    Courses Credits
    SCE 000 Senior Comprehensive Examination 0
    Total Credits Required 48
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA

    Transfer credit will be evaluated on a course by course basis. Credit will be granted toward requirements in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Major/Minor only for courses determined to be equivalent to criminal justice courses in the Ohio Dominican University catalog.

    Technical courses in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, and related areas will not be awarded credit toward requirements for the Criminology and Criminal Justice Major/Minor. These courses may transfer to ODU as elective credits.
  • Minor in Criminology & Criminal Justice
    Courses Credits
    CRJ 105 The Criminal Justice System 3
    Select one of the following:

    Courses Credits
    CRJ 263 Juvenile Delinquency 3
    CRJ 365 Criminology 3

    CRJ Electives (12 credits) 12
    Total Credits Required 18