Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Criminology (CCJ)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.0401

College of Behavioral & Community Sciences


Major Description

The major in Criminology provides students with in-depth exposure to all facets of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, detention, the judiciary, corrections, juvenile justice and probation and parole. The program concentrates on achieving balance in the above aspects of the system from the perspective of the criminal justice professional, the offender, the victim, and society. The program provides a solid background in the theory, issues and methodology comprising Criminology.

The objective of the undergraduate program in Criminology is to develop a sound educational basis either for graduate work or for professional training in one or more of the specialized areas comprising the modern urban criminal justice system.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core Courses - 12 Hours

Students must complete CCJ 3117 with a grade of C or better (not C-) prior to enrollment in CCJ 3701. Students must complete CCJ 3701 with a grade of C or better (not C-) prior to enrollment in CCJ 4934.

NOTE: No more than six (6) hours of CCJ 4900, CCJ 4910 or any combination of the two will be accepted toward the minimum number of hours in the major. A student may take an unlimited number of CCJ 4933 or 4934 courses as long as the courses vary in title.

Major Elective Courses - 24 Hours

Students should select 24 credit hours from the following list of courses:

Additional Major Requirements

Major GPA Requirement

2.00 or higher Major GPA

Major Grade Requirement

"D" Rule

Criminology majors are limited to one grade of "D+" or lower in their major coursework. Any student who receives a grade of "D+" or lower in more than one USF Criminology major course will either need to utilize grade forgiveness in order to comply with the rule or seek major reselection. Future registration in Criminology major courses will be restricted for students who are not in compliance with the "D" rule. If a student has exhausted all available grade forgiveness opportunities and remains in non-compliance with the "D" rule, the student will be required to seek major reselection.

Major Residency Requirement

Residency Requirement: A minimum of 30 credit hours of major course work must be taken in residence at the University of South Florida. Therefore, no more than 6 credit hours of transfer work (two courses) will be accepted to meet major requirements.

Major Foreign Language Requirement

In addition to the foreign language entrance requirement, all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language or one semester of a higher-level course and earn a letter grade of “C” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course or demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination. Students may fulfill this requirement by demonstrating fluency in a language other than English and proficiency in English, as demonstrated in successful coursework or examination in English.

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