B.A. Criminology

The major can be completed entirely online or in-person. A total of 36 hours of criminology courses are required for completion of the major. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through USF. For more information, please review the B.A. Criminology Degree Requirements form

New Requirements For the 2020-2021 Catalog Year 



REQUIRED COURSES: (15 credit hours)

Required Supporting Course: 1 course; 3 credit hours

  • STA 2122 Social Science Statistics (3) or STA 2023 Introductory Statistics (3)

Major Core Courses: 3 courses; 9 credit hours

  • CCJ 3024 Survey of The Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior (3)
  • CCJ 3701 Research Methods (3)

Other Required Course: 1 course; 3 credit hours

  • CCJ 4934 Seminar in Criminology (3)

Note: CCJ 3117 must be completed prior to CCJ 3701 with a C grade or higher and CCJ 3701 must be completed prior to CCJ 4934 with a C grade or higher


In addition to the above courses, students must enroll in 24 credit hours of Criminology elective courses. Not every elective is offered every semester. Possible courses to choose from include:

  • CCJ 3014 Crime and Justice in America (3)
  • CCJ 3336 Prisoner Reentry and Recidivism: When Inmates Come Home (3)
  • CCJ 3621 Patterns of Criminal Behavior (3)
  • CCJ 3644 White Collar Crime (3)
  • CCJ 3666 Victimology (3)
  • CCJ 3718 Applied Statistics in Crime (3)
  • CCJ 4072 Introduction to Crime Mapping with ArcGIS (3)
  • CCJ 4224 Miscarriages of Justice (3)
  • CCJ 4361 Death Penalty (3)
  • CCJ 4450 Criminal Justice Administration (3)
  • CCJ 4487 Ethics and the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CCJ 4604 Abnormal Behavior and Criminality (3)
  • CCJ 4613 Forensic Psychology (3)
  • CCJ 4651 Drugs and Crime (3)
  • CCJ 4662 Race and Crime (3)
  • CCJ 4670 Women and Crime (3)
  • CCJ 4681 Domestic Violence (3)
  • CCJ 4690 Sex Offenders (3)
  • CCJ 4794 Environmental Criminology (3)
  • CCJ 4900 Directed Readings (1-3)
  • CCJ 4910 Directed Research (1-3)
  • CCJ 4930 Critical Issues in Policing (3)
  • CCJ 4933 Selected Topics in Criminology (3) Repeatable when taken under different titles.
  • CCJ 4934 Seminar in Criminology (3)
  • CCJ 4940 Internship for Criminal Justice Majors (3)
  • CJC 4010 American Correctional Systems (3)
  • CJC 4166 Alternatives to Incarceration (3)
  • CJE 3444 Crime Prevention (3)
  • CJE 3650 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
  • CJE 3656 Introduction to Crime Analysis (3)
  • CJE 4010 Juvenile Justice System (3)
  • CJE 4114 American Law Enforcement Systems (3)
  • CJE 4610 Criminal Investigation (3)
  • CJL 3110 Substantive Criminal Law (3)
  • CJL 3502 Introduction to Courts (3)
  • CJL 4115 Environmental Law and Crime (3)
  • CJL 4410 Criminal Rights and Procedures (3)
  • DSC 3013 Terrorism and Homeland Security (3)
  • DSC 3594 Introduction to Intelligence Analysis (3)


  • Major GPA Requirement: 2.00 or higher Major GPA.
  • Residency Requirement: A minimum of 30 credit hours of major course work must be taken in residence at the University of South Florida. Therefore, no more than 6 credit hours of transfer work (two courses) will be accepted to meet major requirements.
  • Criminology students are required to take a capstone course--CCJ 4934 Seminar in Criminology (3) -- where they produce a research paper to demonstrate their competencies.
  • Major Foreign Language Requirement (FLEX): In addition to the foreign language entrance requirement, all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language or one semester of a higher-level course and earn a letter grade of “C” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course or demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination. Students may fulfill this requirement by demonstrating fluency in a language other than English and proficiency in English, as demonstrated in successful coursework or examination in English.
  • Major Grade Requirement “D” Rule: Criminology majors are limited to one grade of "D+" or lower in their major coursework. Any student who receives a grade of "D+" or lower in more than one USF Criminology major course will either need to utilize grade forgiveness in order to comply with the rule or seek major reselection. Future registration in Criminology major courses will be restricted for students who are not in compliance with the "D" rule. If a student has exhausted all available grade forgiveness opportunities and remains in non-compliance with the "D" rule, the student will be required to seek major reselection.


Satisfactory completion of the following requirements: 

  • General Education Program (36 credit hours), including State Core General Education, State Computation and State Communication; 
  • Minimum of 120 unduplicated credit hours;
  • A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all coursework taken at USF and an overall 2.0 GPA average on all college-level coursework;
  • Major and college requirements in a chosen degree program;
  • Nine credit hours of coursework taken during the summer term(s) (if entered USF with less than 60 credit hours); 
  • Registration and successful completion of at least thirty (30) of the last sixty (60) credit hours;
  • 42 credit hours of upper-level coursework;
  • Civics Literacy;
  • Foreign language admissions coursework.