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    The BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides a foundation of knowledge for students interested in a variety of careers both in and out of the formal justice system. This degree program covers criminological theory, policing, courts and adjudication, corrections, research methodology, justice administration and special topics of criminal justice.

    The BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice prepares students for careers in law inforcement, corrections, juvenile casework, probation, parole, and other careers in the criminal justice system. It also provides a foundation for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in the study of criminology and justice studies.

    All students entering the Criminology major, effective Fall 2012, must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and a major GPA of 2.5, in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology. All change of major or readmit students must have an overall GPA of 2.5 before being admitted to the Criminology major.

    All transfer students will have until their second semester to meet the Criminology major minimum GPA standard of 2.5. Any student who has failed to maintain academic (GPA) standards will be permitted a one-semester probationary term to re-establish good standing.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Requirements for the Major

    Program updates shown here are effective Spring 2015

    Core Courses - Credits: 33

    • SOWK 105 - Human Diversity Credits: 3


    • SOWK 107 - Cultural Competency and Human Services Credits: 3
    • CRIM 110 - Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice Systems Credits: 3
    • CRIM 115 - Proseminar Credits: 3
    • CRIM 253 - American Policing Credits: 3
    • CRIM 263 - Introduction to Criminal Procedure Credits: 3
    • CRIM 273 - American Corrections Credits: 3
    • CRIM 301 - Theoretical Criminology Credits: 3
    • CRIM 317 - Statistical Methods Credits: 3
    • CRIM 318 - Research Methods Credits: 3
    • CRIM 345 - Juvenile Delinquency Credits: 3
    • CRIM 408 - Capstone: Ethics and Criminal Justice Credits: 3

    Major Electives - Credits: 6

    Choose 6 credits from the following courses.

    • CRIM 190 - Experimental Credits: 3
    • CRIM 198 - Selected Topic Credits: 3
    • CRIM 290 - Experimental Credits: 3
    • CRIM 298 - Selected Topic Credits: 3
    • CRIM 321 - Criminal Justice interventions 1 Credits: 3
    • CRIM 322 - Criminal Justice Interventions 2 Credits: 3
    • CRIM 343 - Criminal Investigations Credits: 3
    • CRIM 351 - Fraud Credits: 3
    • CRIM 352 - Law and Ethics in the Workplace Credits: 3
    • CRIM 353 - Legal Relationships in the 21st Century Credits: 3
    • CRIM 354 - Risk Assessment and Fraud Credits: 3
    • CRIM 355 - Fundamentals of Terrorism Credits: 3
    • CRIM 360 - Police and Society Credits: 3
    • CRIM 380 - Women & the Criminal Justice System Credits: 3
    • CRIM 390 - Experimental Credits: 3
    • CRIM 398 - Selected Topic Credits: 3
    • CRIM 404 - Adjudication in Crime and Justice Credits: 3
    • CRIM 405 - White Collar Crime Credits: 3
    • CRIM 414 - Criminal Justice Policy Credits: 3
    • CRIM 416 - Community Corrections Credits: 3
    • CRIM 441 - Terrorism, Law, and National Security Credits: 3
    • CRIM 442 - Healthcare Law Credits: 3
    • CRIM 450 - Internship Credits: Up to 12
    • CRIM 468 - Crime and Media Credits: 3
    • CRIM 490 - Independent Study Credits: 3
    • CRIM 498 - Selected Topics Credits: 1 to 3
    • SOWK 334 - Clinical Perspectives on DSM Diagnoses Credits: 3
    Community Corrections Specialization - 15 credits

    Optional Specialization: This specialization is not part of the above major core/cognates. This specialization can be taken as part of the free electives component for Criminology majors.

    • CRIM 321 - Criminal Justice interventions 1 Credits: 3
    • CRIM 322 - Criminal Justice Interventions 2 Credits: 3
    • CRIM 416 - Community Corrections Credits: 3
    • PSYC 276 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology Credits: 3


    • SOWK 334 - Clinical Perspectives on DSM Diagnoses Credits: 3
    • PSYC 321 - Drugs and Behavior Credits: 3

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen).

    We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

    In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

    • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable
    • SAT or ACT Scores
    • $30.00 application fee

    WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.

    Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Slippery Rock University.


    Contact the Office of Financial Aid for detailed information on various financial aid programs and scholarship materials. You can submit your questions regarding financial assistance directly to the Financial Aid Office at Students are encouraged to apply for admission early.

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