Buena Vista University

Criminology and Criminal Justice

The debate about how to promote right and punish wrong has been a part of humanity since the first society gathered. Throughout history, individuals and organizations have studied communities and been given authority to develop and enforce the rules that govern them. How should the law adapt to a constantly changing world? And how can you contribute?

A dual education in criminology/criminal justice can help you make a career in either field. Criminology is a science that seeks to understand crime, its causes, effects and its prevention. Criminal justice concerns methods of law enforcement and judicial action. Studying both in combination provides you with a thorough view of theory and the criminal justice system, making you professionally and theoretically prepared to stand up for what’s right.

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Courses of study

Major in Criminology and Criminal Justice: 48 credit hours

Support work:

CRIM 230 Survey of Criminal Courts or PSCN 240 Judicial Process
PSYC 100 General Psychology
PSYC 203 Social Psychology or PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or SCWK 100 Modern Social Problems

6 credit hours from the following, one course must be 200 level or higher:

PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSCN 245 Introduction to American Law
PSCN 465 Civil Liberties
PSPA 165 Introduction to Public Administration
PSPA 320 State and Local Politics
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies

Major courses:

CRIM 101 Criminal Justice Systems
CRIM 102 Survey of Criminology
CRIM 220 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRIM 290 Institutional Corrections or CRIM 291 Community Corrections
CRIM 343 Juvenile Justice Systems
CRIM 398 Criminological Research Methods
CRIM 470 Criminological Theory
CRIM 495 Internship or CRIM 498 Capstone in Criminology and Criminal Justice
6 additional credit hours in CRIM at the 200 level or higher - excluding CRIM 495
Internship

Minor in criminology and criminal justice: 21 credit hours

CRIM 101 Criminal Justice Systems
CRIM 102 Survey of Criminology
CRIM 220 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRIM 290 Institutional Corrections or CRIM 291 Community Corrections
CRIM 343 Juvenile Justice Systems
6 additional credit hours in CRIM at the 200 level or higher

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Storm Lake, IA 50588
800.383.9600

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