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    Aug 11, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Criminology B.A.


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology provides students with the skills and knowledge needed in the wide variety of agencies that comprise the criminal justice system, these include law enforcement, detention, the judiciary, corrections, juvenile justice, probation and parole. Also, the undergraduate program prepares criminology students to pursue a graduate degree in Criminology or related disciplines. The undergraduate program in Criminology introduces students to the theory, issues and methodology of the causes of crime and the criminal justice system. The program provides students with the critical thinking skills necessary for the consumption and production of criminological research. Upon graduation, students must be able to delineate the main theoretical explanations of crime and delinquency, demonstrate knowledge of research methods used in the fields of criminology and criminal justice, and provide an understanding of the structure and process of the U.S. system of criminal justice.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Graduation Requirements


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.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

There are no State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites for this major.

Required Supporting Courses (1 course, 3 credit hours)


The following courses are supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total major hours but are counted toward the total program hours of 120 credit hours. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

NOTE: STA 2122  or STA 2023  supporting course requirement is excluded from the Major Hours, Major GPA and Major Residency. 

Major Requirements (15 Credit Hours)


Other Required Course: 1 course; 3 credit hours


Major (Restricted) Electives (24 Credit Hours)


Choose 8 courses (24 credit hours) of electives from the following list of courses.

Note: CCJ 4940  may be taken S/U.

GPA Requirements


An overall 2.0 GPA average on all college-level coursework.

Grading Requirement


In order to graduate, students must maintain an average best attempt 2.0 GPA in all courses counted toward the major.

“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.

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.

Foreign Language Requirement


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.

Other 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.

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Internship Opportunities


The department provides all students with the opportunity to engage in an internship with a federal, state or local criminal justice related agency within one of the surrounding counties. Internships available with more than 100 agencies afford students the opportunity to network and gain practical experience in conjunction with their degree. Internships maybe taken for up to nine (9) credit hours of Criminology electives, and grades are awarded on a S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) basis. To meet eligibility requirements for the internship, students must successfully complete CCJ 3024 , CCJ 3117 , six (6) hours of Criminology electives, and have a USF and a major GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Accelerated Programs


An Accelerated BA+MA Criminal Justice Program is available to students who meet specific requirements. See the USF 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog for more information on Accelerated Majors.

4 Year Plan of Study - Criminology B.A.


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Victim Services
  • Child Protection Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Corrections or Probation Officer
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Cyber Threat/Fraud Analyst

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $55,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 9

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


  • ✳️ CCJ 3117 - Theories of Criminal Behavior  Credit(s): 3 
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Schedule Appointment with Academic Advisor to Update Customized Academic Plan

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Criminology B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 2 (Spring)


  • CCJ 3117 - Theories of Criminal Behavior  Credit(s): 3 
  • FLEX - Foreign Language Exit Credit(s): 4
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • CCJ 4934 - Seminar in Criminology  Credit(s): 3 
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 2
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 14