Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Concentration in Community Corrections

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional proficiency in the academic study of crime, justice, and criminology. (UO #3, #4, #5, #7)
    • 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. (OU #2, #3)
    • 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. (UO #8)
    • 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. (OU #9)
    • 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 - Community Corrections, BA Program Page

Criminology and Criminal Justice Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Modern Language Requirements0-9
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements40
Concentration Requirements15

* 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 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 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
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
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

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


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

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 123
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
CRIM 345Juvenile Delinquency3
CRIM 408Capstone: Ethics and Criminal Justice 13
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
Total Hours37

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA.


Course can be counted as a Rock Studies 2 Requirement, but earns credit only once toward your 120-credits total.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Community Corrections Concentration (Optional)

Core Courses
CRIM 416Community Corrections3
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
or SOWK 334 Clinical Perspectives on DSM Diagnoses
SOWK 355Social Work Practice with Individuals3
SOWK 356Social work Practice with Groups & Families3
PSYC 321Drugs and Behavior3
Total Hours15

Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

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

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

w/optional Community Corrections Concentration (507C)
This program is effective as of Summer 2024
Revised 01.22.2024
UCC 11.28.2023


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Learning Community Cluster
CRIM 110 Introduction to Criminology & Criminal Justice Systems 3
CRIM 105
Human Diversity
or Human Diversity
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
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
Social Science Inquiry 3
Second Year
CRIM 263 Introduction to Criminal Procedure 3
MODL 101Modern Language Requirement 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 3
CRIM 273 American Corrections 3
CRIM 301 Theoretical Criminology 3
CRIM 317 Statistical Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
MODL 102Modern Language Requirement 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Third Year
CRIM 345 Juvenile Delinquency 3
PSYC 276
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
or Clinical Perspectives on DSM Diagnoses
SOWK 355 Social Work Practice with Individuals 3
MODL 103Modern Language Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective (or Minor class) 3
CRIM 318 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 416 Community Corrections (CRIM Elective (1)) 2 3
SOWK 356 Social work Practice with Groups & Families 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
PSYC 321 Drugs and Behavior 3
Fourth Year
CRIM Elective (2) 2 3
CRIM Elective (3) 2 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 3
Free Elective (or Minor class) 3
CRIM 408 Capstone: Ethics and Criminal Justice 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective (or Minor Class) 9
 Total Hours**128

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject


Students’ choice for CRIM electives are CRIM 190, CRIM 198, CRIM 290, CRIM 298, CRIM 321, CRIM 322, CRIM 326, CRIM 327, CRIM 328, CRIM 343, CRIM 360, CRIM 370, CRIM 380, CRIM 390, CRIM 398, CRIM 402, CRIM 404, CRIM 405, CRIM 414, CRIM 416, CRIM 422, CRIM 450, CRIM 468, CRIM 498 or SOWK 334


Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** 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. 

Major Code: 5 70
Revised date: 04.21.22