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2007-08 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor : No
Combined-Degree Program : No

The Department of Criminology, Law and Society is the largest interdisciplinary degree program at UF. Students seeking a degree in criminology will study the complexities of relationships among the legal, social, political, historical and psychological influences affecting legal processes. After obtaining a BA in criminology, many students seek careers as professionals working within the criminal or juvenile justice system (i.e., courts, law enforcement, corrections), many students attend graduate school to conduct research on criminological issues and many students attend law school.

Courses focus on explanations for the development of law within society, why people break laws, and how society reacts to law-breaking. Required core courses include Advanced Principles of Criminal Justice (CCJ 4034), Research Methods in Criminology (CCJ 3701), Criminological Theory (CCJ 4064), Law and Society (CCJ 3038) and one law-based course (Criminal Law CJL 4110, Criminal Procedure CJL 4410 or Juvenile Law CJL 4045).

Interdisciplinary breadth in the study of criminology and law is essential for those majoring in criminology. Majors may enroll in relevant courses offered outside the department. A student can satisfy up to nine hours of the total 34 hours required for the major in various departments outside criminology. Students should consult the department for a list of non-criminology approved courses or refer to the department website for additional information. These courses may be counted toward criminology even if a student is also majoring or minoring in the department that offers the course. A minimum of 25 semester hours must be completed with a CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ or CJL prefix.

Critical Tracking and Semester Plan

Criminology-related foundation courses include a required introductory statistics course (STA 2023) and nine hours of course work from introductory criminal justice/criminology courses (CCJ, CJL, or CJE prefixes) or from the following list of courses or their equivalents: AMH 2010, AMH 2020, ANT 2000, ANT 2410, CCJ 3024, CCJ 3038, CJL 2000, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, PHI 2010, PHI 2630, POS 2041, POS 2112, PSY 2012, SYG 2000, SYG 2010.

Semester 1:

  • Complete 1 criminology-related course
  • 2.3 UF GPA required

Semester 2:

  • Complete 1 additional criminology-related course
  • 2.5 UF GPA required

Semester 3:

  • Complete 1 additional criminology related course with 2.65 GPA on all critical-tracking course work
  • 2.65 UF GPA required

Semester 4:

  • Complete STA 2023 with a 2.75 GPA on all critical-tracking course work
  • 2.8 UF GPA required

Semester 5:

  • Complete CCJ 3024 and maintain 2.75 GPA on all critical-tracking course work
  • 2.80 UF GPA required

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Foreign language4-5
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Total 13-14
Semester 2Credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Foreign language3-5
Mathematics (GE-M)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 16-14
Semester 3Credits
Criminology-related course3
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (required)3
Elective (or foreign language if 4-3-3 option)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 15
Semester 4Credits
Humanities (GE-H)3
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Science laboratory (GE-P or GE-B)1
Criminology-related courses6
Total 16-15
Semester 5Credits
CCJ 3024 Advanced Principles of Criminal Justice (GE-S)3
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Criminology elective3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major)3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
Required CCJ courses6-7
Criminology electives 6
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major)3
Total 15-16
Semester 7Credits
Required CCJ course3-4
Criminology electives 3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15-16
Semester 8Credits
Required CCJ course3
Criminology electives 6
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15

Required CCJ Courses

CCJ 3024 Advanced Principles of Criminal Justice3
CCJ 3038 Law and Society3
CCJ 3701 Research Methods in Criminology3
CCJ 4604 Criminological Theory3
CJL 4110 Criminal Law or
CJL 4410 Criminal Procedure or
CJL 4050 Juvenile Law

Criminology Electives

Students can select any CCJ, CJL, CJE elective or any approved elective with a non-CCJ prefix. Refer to department adviser or website.