Dec 09, 2023  
UofM 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
UofM 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology and Criminal Justice, (B.A.) - Global

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Program objectives for a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice are:

(a) exhibit an understanding of the important functions, organization, and fundamental concepts of the operation of the criminal justice system (police, law/courts, corrections) in a democratic society;

(b) acquire knowledge of the development of the components of the criminal justice system from an historical and cross-cultural perspective;

(c) know the major theorists and theoretical orientations that help explain criminal behavior;

(d) be able to understand, analyze, and critically evaluate basic research and data relevant to crime and the criminal justice system;

(e) demonstrate an ability to formulate a thesis and to gather and critically assess information appropriate to a topic under study;

(f) have the ability to effectively communicate both in written and oral form;

(g) have an understanding of career and educational options that a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See University General Education Program  for the General Education requirements.

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements that are listed above.

The Major (39 hours)

Completion of 39 semester hours including:


Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Honors Program

Majors who have completed at least 55 hours of coursework (with at least 9 hours in Criminology & Criminal Justice) and have a 3.25 or higher departmental and overall grade point average are invited to apply for admissions to the department’s honors program. Students who are admitted must complete 15 hours of honors coursework in the Department, with at least 9 hours being upper-division criminal justice courses. Honor students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.25. Students who complete the program and the regular college requirement will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degrees conferred “With Honors in Criminology and Criminal Justice.” The student’s diploma and the official record at The University of Memphis will also reflect this accomplishment.

Total Hours: 120

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