Nov 13, 2019  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

Criminology and Criminal Justice Major

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Revised Program, effective Winter 2014

The criminology and criminal justice curriculum provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of crime and justice within the framework of broader social processes. This curriculum is a three-tiered structure composed of general education, a core curriculum and selected concentrations. The typical student will move from general education to the core of the program and then into one of four specialized concentrations, where he or she will be introduced to courses on the principles and application of the chosen specialty.

The curriculum for general education includes introductory courses in the fundamental social science disciplines of sociology and psychology. The core of the curriculum consists of a number of related courses that will build a foundation of social science education emphasizing analytical and conceptual skills. The pivotal course is CRM 301 - Criminology , a multidisciplinary perspective on the nature, extent and causes of crime. CRM 300 - Criminal Justice  and CRM 301 - Criminology  should be the first core courses taken by the typical student. The third and final tier of the curriculum consists of 21 hours in one of four concentrations. These concentrations contain some courses without criminological content that provide students with professionally relevant occupational knowledge and skills.

Students completing the curriculum will have satisfied all major and minor requirements for graduation. No additional minor is required.

An active articulation agreement exists between this program and a community college. To see a complete list of current colleges with program articulation agreements with EMU, please click here.

Department Information:

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology Department - College of Arts & Sciences

Anders Linde-Laursen, Ph.D., Department Head

712 Pray Harrold
(734) 487-0012

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Program Advisor: Marilyn Horace-Moore
Phone: 734.487.0012

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Additional Requirements: 3 hours

One course from the following:

Major Requirements: 70 hours

Concentration Requirements: 15 hours

Select one from the following four concentrations:

I. Legal Studies (CRM LGST)

II. Law Enforcement (CRM LAWE):

IV. Criminal Justice Administration (CRM ADM)

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Extended Programs

This program is available at an EMU off-campus location. For a list of locations, please click here .

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

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