May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Criminology Major, B.A.

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Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Criminology leading to the B.A. degree - 120
Total minimum number of credits required for a minor in Criminology - 18

The Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers an interdisciplinary major in Criminology. Designed for flexibility and appeal to both the practicing professional and the student seeking admission to graduate school, the program incorporates a variety of carefully chosen courses in sociology, psychology, political science, and economics, such as Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Abnormal Behavior, Forensic Psychology, Criminal Law, and the Economics of Crime, leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. Internships in the areas of corrections, law enforcement, and the administration of justice are readily available to eligible students. Credit hours in internships may not be applied to the45 hours required in the major.

Information about the program and about career opportunities in the field may be obtained from the advisor for this program.

Criminology Major

A major in Criminology consists of 44 hours, including introductory courses (12 hours), criminology core courses (20 hours), major electives (9 hours), and a capstone course (3 hours). The 44 hours do not include any prerequisites.

Capstone (3 hours)

Five-Year B.A./M.B.A. in Criminology

  • Fast-track your career by earning both a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a Master of Business Administration degree in just five years.
  • Wilkes University offers a unique opportunity for you to earn a Master of Business Administration degree in only one extra year with the accelerated five-year B.A./M.B.A. in Criminology.


The bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in Criminology requires 120 credits, and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) requires 39 credits. Wilkes University’s B.A./M.B.A. program allows students to apply elective credits as an undergraduate that can be applied to the M.B.A. requirements, thereby allowing the student to finish the master’s program in only three semesters.

Recommended Course Sequence

Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

Total Credits: 15-16

Second Semester

  • Distribution Requirement Credits: 6
  • Credits: 4
  • Distribution Requirement Credits: 3
  • Major Elective Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 3
Total Credits: 15-16

Third Semester

  • Distribution Requirement Credits: 3
  • Free Electives Credits: 6
  • Credits: 3
  • Major Elective Credits: 3
Total Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 15

Sixth Semester

Total Credits: 17

Seventh Semester

  • Free Electives Credits: 12
  • Major elective Credits: 3
Total Credits: 15

Eighth Semester

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 120

*See the General Education Curriculum for a list of courses that satisfy the Distribution Requirements.

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