A major in criminology is distinct from criminal justice because its focus is on uncovering the root causes and consequences of crime, while degrees in criminal justice study the three main elements of the justice system: policing, courts, and corrections. With its theoretical focus, criminology examines patterns related to deviant and criminal behavior, offenders, and victims. Criminology students also learn about the justice system, but from a sociological perspective with a critical eye on the issues of how justice is carried out and how the system can be improved.
The clothesline project gives criminology majors an opportunity to visit a correctional facility on several occasions to work with residents and listen to their experiences of survivorship and victimization. The stories are then shared by creating t-shirts which are displayed on a clothesline on the NDMU campus.
Sample program of study for full-time criminology majors. Students should consult with the program coordinator for their academic plans as many courses are offered on alternating years.
|ENG 101 College Writing||4||SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology||3|
|CRM-101 Introduction to Criminology||3||MAT-215 Basic Statistics||3|
|NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education||4||General Education/Electives||9|
|General Education/Electives||6||[15 credits]|
|CRM-203 Theories of Crime||3||CRM-360 Research Methods||4|
|SOC-209 Race, Class, Gender||3||Criminology Elective||3|
|PSY-210 Research Methods||4||General Education/Electives||9|
|General Education/Electives||6||[16 credits]|
|Criminology electives||6||Criminology electives||6|
|General Education/Electives||9||General Education/Electives||9|
|[15 credits]||[15 credits]|
|CRM-461 Practicum||4||Departmental Senior Elective||3|
|General Education/Electives||6||General Education/Electives||9|
|Criminology elective||3||[12 credits]|
If you are interested in pursuing a professional program after graduation, NDMU offers specialized advising to help you prepare.
Pre-professional coordinators can help you:
At NDMU, our strength is our ability to weave your unique interests into your individual education. Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to craft an experience that aligns to your aspirations.
The Minor in Criminology provides a basic understanding of criminal behavior and the criminal justice system today. It prepares for careers that include policymaking, community action, social research, criminal justice careers, federal service careers, and social services.
The Minor in Sociology examines the inner workings of social institutions, patterns of social relationships, and the collective behavior of organized groups to better understand society and the roles we play. Courses explore social issues including crime, education, poverty, immigration, institutional discrimination, and prejudice.
Sociology is a versatile minor that could be applied to any number of majors. Popular majors that often add a sociology minor include Art, Business, Education, Communication Arts, Criminology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Psychology, and Political Science.
One of the hallmarks of the rich educational environment at NDMU is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest. Our annual Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the NDMU community.
Criminology majors complete a supervised field experience in their fourth year. More than an internship, the practicum experience integrates theory, science, and practice.
Practicum placements are selected based on learning objectives to prepare you for graduate school or entry level employment.
The criminology major prepares graduates to pursue a wide variety of career paths in law, corrections, law enforcement, victim advocacy, child welfare, and juvenile justice.