The Criminology program draws on social science disciplines such as sociology and psychology combined with applied field experiences to analyze criminal behavior, motive, and government responses to crime.

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Available Majors

  • Criminology

Available Minors

  • Criminology

Additional Study Options


Four-Year Plan

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.

Fall Spring
First Year
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]  
[16 credits]      
Second Year
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]  
[15 credits]      
Third Year
Criminology electives 6 Criminology electives 6
General Education/Electives 9 General Education/Electives 9
[15 credits]   [15 credits]  
Fourth Year
CRM-461 Practicum 4 Departmental Senior Elective 3
General Education/Electives 6 General Education/Electives 9
Criminology elective 3 [12 credits]  
[13 credits]      

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes and personal attention enhance the student expertise. Field experience and practica allow you to apply learning beyond the classroom to real world experiences.

Research & Internship Opportunities

A capstone practicum course includes field experience with a criminal justice or social service agency, which greatly increases employability. 

Criminology Careers

  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Corrections Departments
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Juvenile Justice Agencies