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Criminal Justice and Criminology, BS

The University of La Verne’s Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice offers an integrated study of crime, its causes and consequences, the systematic detection of crime and societal impact. Emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking skills and an understanding of how issues of race, class, and social justice are intricately connected to the criminal justice system. A number of fulfilling career options are available with this degree:

  • Law enforcement
  • Attorney
  • Paralegal
  • Legal secretary
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Corrections officer
  • Victim’s advocate
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Court clerk
  • Forensic science technician

Program Requirements

Total program: 56 semester hours

Note: all courses are 4 semester hours.

Supportive Requirements: 14 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
SOC 250 Introduction to Sociology 4

Core requirements: 16 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
SOC 303 Applied Quantitative Analysis 4
SOC 390 Research Methods 4
SOC 497 Internship 4
SOC 498 Senior Capstone Project 4

Breadth requirements: 20 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
SOC 321 Juvenile Delinquency 4
SOC 322 Introduction to Criminology 4
SOC 326 Criminal Justice System 4
SOC 345 White Collar Crime 4
SOC 350 Law and Society 4

Area 1: 8 semester hours
Criminological (choose two courses)

Code Course Title Units
SOC 262 Forensic Investigations 4
SOC 320 Sociology of Deviance 4
SOC 329 Correctional Systems 4
SOC 342 Urban Crime Patterns 4
SOC 375 Drugs and Society 4

Area 2: 8 semester hours
Sociological (choose two courses)

Code Course Title Units
SOC 315 Race and Ethnicity 4
SOC 320 Sociology of Deviance 4
SOC 330 Social Class and Inequality 4
SOC 341 Urban Sociology 4
SOC 348 Social Networks of Crime, Health, and Organizations 4