Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Rock Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional proficiency in the academic study of crime, justice, and criminology.
    • Develop competence in the history, theory and practice of the administration of criminal justice and its established content areas of law enforcement, courts and corrections.
    • Demonstrate understanding and application of criminological theories of crime causation, offenders, victims, and typologies.
    • Explain and understand the basic principles of research and the use and interpretation of statistics as they apply to criminological theory, existing crime data, and Criminal Justice policy evaluations.
    • Community corrections specialization students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the history, philosophy, policy and practice of balanced and restorative justice, alternative sentencing, diversionary adjudication, human services and the principles of offender treatment in a community setting.
  • Achieve acceptable levels of critical thinking, synthesis and analysis of informational sources about the study of crime and justice.
    • Critically evaluate criminological literature and scholarship.
    • Apply critical analysis to current controversies and topics in criminal justice.
    • Synthesize disparate informational sources about criminal justice issues, policies or theories into synergistic and cogent understandings.
    • Recognize and understand the various perspectives of controversial issues in crime and justice.
  • Understand and explain the importance of the study of and application of ethics, morals and values in Criminal Justice.
    • Formulate applications of the general field of ethical study to specific, criminal justice-related topics.
    • Employ ethical reflection and judgment to quickly emerging situations commonly found in the practice of law enforcement, correctional and court workgroup duties.
    • Develop familiarity with professional codes of ethics employed in the field.
  • Learn and appreciate the role of human diversity in Criminal Justice.
    • Demonstrate how diversity in human experience and culture applies to the professional practice of criminal justice in law enforcement, court processes, and corrections.
    • Recognize the historical and contemporary roles of racial, ethnic, religious, gender/sex identity, LGBTQ+, and lifestyle intolerance in human violence and aggression.
    • Examine and increase awareness of diversity challenges such as racial profiling, violence against women, and hate crime legislation and enforcement.

Related Links

Criminology and Criminal Justice, BA Program Page

Criminology and Criminal Justice Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
Community Correction Concentration GPA: 2.5 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements42
Modern Language Requirements0-9
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements40
Electives30

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Subtotal15
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Subtotal12
Total Hours42

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 20 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 20 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Core Courses
CRIM 110Introduction to Criminology & Criminal Justice Systems 13
CRIM 115Proseminar 11
CRIM 253American Policing 13
CRIM 263Introduction to Criminal Procedure 13
CRIM 273American Corrections 13
CRIM 301Theoretical Criminology 13
CRIM 317Statistical Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 13
CRIM 318Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 13
Select one of the following:3
Human Diversity 1,2
Human Diversity
Cultural Competency and Human Services 1
CRIM 345Juvenile Delinquency 13
CRIM 408Capstone: Ethics and Criminal Justice 13
Subtotal31
Major Electives
Select nine credits from the following:9
Experimental 1
Selected Topics 1
Experimental 1
Selected Topics 1
Sexual Violence 1
Criminal Justice interventions 1 1
Criminal Justice Interventions 2 1
Victimology 1
Criminal Justice and the Multicultural Community 1
Transnational Crime & Justice 1
Criminal Investigations 1
Police and Society 1
Comparative Criminal Justice Abroad 1
Inside Out Views of Criminal Justice Issues 1
Women & the Criminal Justice System 1
Experimental 1
Selected Topics 1
Forensic Behavior:Crime and the Individual 1
Applied Criminal Procedures 1
White Collar Crime 1
Criminal Justice Policy 1
Community Corrections 1
The Death Penalty 1
Internship 1
Crime & Media 1
Selected Topics 1
Clinical Perspectives on DSM Diagnoses 1
Subtotal9
Total Hours40

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year long.
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes (CRIM 343 and CRIM 370)
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Student leadership opportunities –CRIM Club, Alpha Sigma Honors Society
  5. Service-learning classes
  6. Internships
  7. Volunteering opportunities

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE - BA (5 70)
w/optional Community Corrections Concentration (507C)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 07.08.20
UCC 03.05.20

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
Learning Community Cluster  
CRIM 110 Introduction to Criminology & Criminal Justice Systems 3
CRIM 105
Human Diversity
or Human Diversity
3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
Rock Studies - Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
 Hours16
Spring
CRIM 115 Proseminar 1
CRIM 253 American Policing 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Rock Studies - Social Science Inquiry 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall
CRIM 263 Introduction to Criminal Procedure 3
Modern Language 1 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Rock Studies - Humanities Inquiry 3
Free elective (or Minor Class) 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 3  
Declare a Thematic Thread 4  
 Hours15
Spring
CRIM 273 American Corrections 3
CRIM 301 Theoretical Criminology 3
Modern Language 2 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Free elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
CRIM 317 Statistical Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 345 Juvenile Delinquency 3
Rock Studies - Thematic Thread 3
Modern Language 3 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours15
Spring
CRIM 318 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
CRIM Elective (1) 2 3
Rock Studies - Thematic Thread 3
Free Elective (or Minor class) 3
Free Elective (or Minor class) 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
CRIM Elective (2) 2 3
CRIM Elective (3) 2 3
Rock Studies - Thematic Thread 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours15
Spring
CRIM 408 Capstone: Ethics and Criminal Justice 3
Rock Studies - Thematic Thread 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours**122

Major Code: 5 70
Revised date: 11.13.2020

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan - BA/MA Accelerated Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
Learning Community Cluster  
CRIM 110 Introduction to Criminology & Criminal Justice Systems 3
CRIM 105
Human Diversity
or Human Diversity
3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
Rock Studies - Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
 Hours16
Spring
CRIM 115 Proseminar 1
CRIM 253 American Policing 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Rock Studies - Social Science Inquiry 3
Rock Studies - Humanities Inquiry 3
 Hours16
Summer
CRIM 273 American Corrections 3
CRIM 301 Theoretical Criminology 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours9
Second Year
Fall
CRIM 263 Introduction to Criminal Procedure 3
CRIM 345 Juvenile Delinquency 3
Modern Language 1 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
 Hours15
Spring
Modern Language 2 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Rock Studies - Thematic Thread 3
Rock Studies - Thematic Thread 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours15
Summer
CRIM Elective 3
CRIM Elective 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours9
Third Year
Fall
Modern Language 3 3
CRIM 317 Statistical Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
Rock Studies - Thematic Thread 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours15
Spring
CRIM 318 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
CRIM Elective 3
Rock Studies - Thematic Thread 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class)  
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours15
Summer
CRIM 408 Capstone: Ethics and Criminal Justice 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
 Hours9
Fourth Year
Fall
Credits toward MA  
CRIM 610 Administration of Justice 3
CRIM 615 Advanced Criminological Theory 3
CRIM 620 Critical Issues in Corrections 3
CRIM 630 Statistical Methods in Criminal Justice 3
 Hours12
Spring
Credits toward MA  
CRIM 625 Contemporary Issues in Policing 3
CRIM 635 Criminological Research 3
CRIM 660 Criminal Justice Ethics 3
 Hours9
Summer
Credits toward MA  
CRIM 6XXCRIM Elective 3
Select one of the following: 6
CRIM 6XX
Two CRIM Electives
 
Internship in Criminology  
Master's Thesis  
 Hours9
 Total Hours**149
  • CRIM BA Major requires 39 Credit Hours (33 Core + 6 Elective Credits).
  • Community Corrections Specialization – CRIM 416, SOWK 355, SOWK 356 + Additional Courses.
  • CRIM MA requires 30 Credit Hours.
  • Template does not utilize Winter Intercession courses – although courses are likely to be available. 

Revised Date: 9-2019

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.