Oct 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Criminology B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
Plans of Study

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 - College of Behavioral and Community Sciences


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Progression Requirements - Criminology B.A.


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.

Graduation Requirements - Criminology B.A.


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 - Criminology B.A.


Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites 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. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program.

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

Criminology Major Requirements (39 credit hours)


Criminology Supporting Required 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.

Criminology Major (Restricted) Electives: 8 courses; 24 credit hours


Students complete a Criminology program of study or the below concentration:

General Criminology Major Electives 8 courses; 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.

Criminology B.A. - Additional Information


Foreign Language Requirements


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.

GPA Requirements


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

Grading Requirements


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

Residency Requirements


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.

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.

Research Opportunities - Criminology B.A.


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 High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research (HIPUR) is able to assist with further inquiries.

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