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Course Requirements

Major Requirements
**NOTE** For all students admitted to Penn before Fall 2015, our former
curriculum applies. Please see the former requirements at the bottom of the
page.
The requirements are as follows, with up to 2 approved substitutions allowed
upon departmental approval.
Successful completion of the Criminology major requires a cumulative GPA
of at least 2.0, and satisfactory performance in CRIM 410, which students
must take in the fall semester of their Senior year. A "D" grade is not
considered satisfactory performance.

Our newly updated curriculum for the Criminology major will apply for

anyone admitted to Penn in the Fall of 2015 and forward.


1. Core Courses (3 c.u.): Topics in Core Courses constitute fundamental
knowledge about criminology and criminal justice that are necessary for
criminology majors. CRIM 100 and CRIM 200 are survey courses which
primarily cover theoretical contributions to the field, and should ideally be
taken in a student’s freshman year. CRIM 410 is a senior year seminar
course that covers modern applied research.
CRIM 100 - Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 200 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM 410 - Research Capstone -- Note: This course is mandatory with no
substitutions and must be taken in the fall of senior year.

2. Socio-Political Context of Crime (3 c.u.): Students in Socio-Political Context


courses learn to think critically about crime and criminal justice topics from a
social science, legal, and/or humanities perspective.
Students may fulfill this requirement outside of the department if the
undergraduate chair determines that a substantial component of the course is
devoted to crime, criminal justice, or social science content important
understanding crime or criminal justice institutions.
Recommended Courses:
* Course content varies by semester, and requires special approval from
Undergrad Chair
CRIM 280 - Neighborhood Dynamics of Crime
CRIM 300 - Law and Criminal Justice
ECON 001 - Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 030 - Public Policy Analysis
ECON 033 - Labor Economics
ECON 036 – Law and Economics
ENGL 066 – Literature and the Law
*ENGL 266/366/466 – Topics in Law and Literature
SOCI 002 – Social Problems and Public Policies
SOCI 125 - Classical Sociological Theory
SOCI 135 - Law and Society
*SOCI 430 – Gangs and Organized Crime
HIST 168 - History of American Law to 1877
HIST 169 - History of American Law since 1877
PHIL 008 - The Social Contract
PHIL 077 – Philosophy of Law
PHIL 277 - Justice, Law and Morality
PHIL 278 – Contemporary Political Philosophy
PSCI 130 - Introduction to American Politics
PSCI 271 - American Constitutional Law
*URBS 210 – The City
3. Bio-Psychological-Social Analysis of Crime (3 c.u.) Bio-Psychological-Social
Analysis of Crime courses expose students to an important form of scientific
analysis that can help address crime and criminal justice. In these courses,
students develop expertise in biological or psychological sciences and can
undertake laboratory-based analyses.
Students may fulfill this requirement outside of the department if the
undergraduate chair determines that a substantial part of the course
curriculum is devoted to biological or psychological content directly
applicable to understanding crime or criminal justice institutions.
Recommended Courses:
* Course content varies by semester, and requires special approval from
Undergrad Chair
CRIM 260 - Crime and Human Development
CRIM 270 – Biopsychosocial Criminology
BIBB 109 - Intro to Brain and Behavior
PSYC 001 - Intro to Psychology
PSYC 125 - Drugs, Brain and Mind
PSYC 149 - Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 162 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 160 - Personality
PSYC 170 - Social Psychology
PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology
*PSYC 470 – Psychology and the Law

4. Criminal Justice Research (2 c.u.): Criminal Justice Research courses train


students to undertake and critically evaluate quantitative research on crime
and criminal justice. Data collection, data management, and data analysis are
included.
Students may fulfill this requirement outside of the department if the
undergraduate chair determines that a substantial part of the course
curriculum is sufficiently methodological and rigorous.
Recommended Courses:
CRIM 250 – Statistics for the Social Sciences I
CRIM 251 – Statistics for the Social Sciences II: Regression
ECON 103 – Statistics for Economists
CIS 105 – Computational Data Exploration
CIS 110 -- Introduction to Computer Programming (more advanced)
MATH 115 – Calculus II with Probability and Matrices
STAT 101 – Introductory Business Statistics
STAT 111 – Introductory Statistics

5. Criminology Electives (3 c.u.): In addition to completing the distributional


requirements, students are able to take upper level criminology electives to
deepen their understanding of any of the three central components of the
criminology curriculum. Students meeting the eligibility requirements for
graduating with honors may take CRIM 450 as one of their upper level
electives.
Recommended Courses
Any CRIM course numbered 250 or higher
Any non-CRIM course that meets the Bio-Psych-Social, Socio-Political, or
Research distributional requirements.

Honors Option: Students pursuing Departmental Honors will drop one


Elective course and take CRIM 450 Senior Research Thesis.

Elective Track Option: Students satisfy two of their Criminology Elective


credit unit requirements by completing an Elective Track. These tracks are
intended to prepare students for graduate study or competitive research
positions in a Criminology-related field (Psychology, Sociology, Economics, or
Public Policy).
Students completing an Elective Track would need one (rather than three)
upper level criminology electives in order to complete this 5th part of the
major. This provides students with an incentive to complete the requirements
for a minor degree in a field that complements the skills developed in the
criminology major, but otherwise has limited overlap with the major
requirements.
Since these tracks are aimed at encouraging students to develop additional
expertise in a subject area, individual courses may count for either the elective
tracks or the distributional requirements. For example, PSYC 160 may be
used to fulfill either the psychology minor track or the Bio-Psychological-
Social distributional requirement, but not both.
Minors Fulfilling an Elective Track:

 Psychology
 Math
 Computer Science
 Statistics

Our former curriculum for the Criminology major will apply for anyone

admitted to Penn before Fall 2015.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CRIMINOLOGY MAJOR (NON-HONORS)


14 Credit Units (CUs): 6 Core Criminology Courses, 1 400-level Criminology
Capstone Course, and 7 Cross-departmental Courses.

 Criminology Courses (6 CUs, or substitutes indicated)


o CRIM 100 - Criminology
o CRIM 150 - Evidence-Based Crime and Justice Policy
o CRIM 200 - Criminal Justice
o CRIM 260 - Crime and Human Development (or PSYC 280 -
Developmental Psychology)
o CRIM 270 - Biosocial criminology
o CRIM 280 - Neighborhood Dynamics of Crime (or SOCI 140 -
Sociology of Conflict)
o CRIM 300 - Law and Criminal Justice
 Research Capstone Seminar in Criminology (1 CU)
One 400-level course (CRIM 410-412)
 Socio-Political Context of Crime (4 CUs)
The following courses are pre-approved. You may also request to have
other courses reviewed for approval by the Department Chair (please
email requests to gocaro@sas.upenn.edu).
o ENGL 16 - Discipline and Punish: Crime and Criminality in Early
America
o HIST 168 - History of American Law to 1877
o HIST 169 - History of American Law since 1877
o HIST 352 - Legal History: English Fundamentals
o PHIL 077 - Philosophy of Law
o PHIL 277 - Justice, Law and Morality
o PHIL 278 - Comparative Law
o PSCI 130 - Introduction to American Politics
o PSCI 271 - American Constitutional Law
o SOCI 003 - Deviance & Social Control
o SOCI 125 - Classical Sociological Theory
o SOCI 135 - Law and Society
o SOCI 140 - Sociology of Conflict
 Bio-Psychological Analysis (3 CUs)
The following courses are pre-approved. You may also request to have
other courses reviewed for approval by the Department Chair (please
email requests to gocaro@sas.upenn.edu).
o BIBB 109 - Intro to Brain and Behavior
o PSYC 001 - Intro to Psychology
o PSYC 162 - Abnormal Psychology
o PSYC 160 - Personality
o PSYC 125 - Drugs, Brain and Mind
o PSYC 149 - Cognitive Neuroscience
o PSYC 170 - Social Psychology
o PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS


14 Credit Units (CUs): 6 Core Criminology Courses with minimum GPA of 3.4, 1
400-level Criminology Capstone Course, Senior Thesis, and 6 Cross-
departmental Courses.

 Criminology Courses (6 CUs, or substitutes indicated)


o CRIM 100 - Criminology
o CRIM 150 - Evidence-Based Crime and Justice Policy
o CRIM 200 - Criminal Justice
o CRIM 260 - Crime and Human Development (or PSYC 280 -
Developmental Psychology)
o CRIM 270 - Biosocial criminology
o CRIM 280 - Neighborhood Dynamics of Crime (or SOCI 140 -
Sociology of Conflict)
o CRIM 300 - Law and Criminal Justice
 Research Capstone Seminar in Criminology (1 CU)
One 400-level course (CRIM 410-412)

 Senior Thesis (1 CU)


CRIM 450 - Senior Research Thesis

 Socio-Political Context of Crime (3 CUs)


The following courses are pre-approved. You may also request to have
other courses reviewed for approval by the Department Chair (please
email requests to gocaro@sas.upenn.edu).
o ENGL 16 - Discipline and Punish: Crime and Criminality in Early
America
o HIST 168 - History of American Law to 1877
o HIST 169 - History of American Law since 1877
o HIST 352 - Legal History: English Fundamentals
o PHIL 077 - Philosophy of Law
o PHIL 277 - Justice, Law and Morality
o PHIL 278 - Comparative Law
o PSCI 130 - Introduction to American Politics
o PSCI 271 - American Constitutional Law
o SOCI 003 - Deviance & Social Control
o SOCI 125 - Classical Sociological Theory
o SOCI 135 - Law and Society
o SOCI 140 - Sociology of Conflict
 Bio-Psychological Analysis (3 CUs)
The following courses are pre-approved. You may also request to have
other courses reviewed for approval by the Department Chair (please
email requests to gocaro@sas.upenn.edu).
o BIBB 109 - Intro to Brain and Behavior
o PSYC 001 - Intro to Psychology
o PSYC 162 - Abnormal Psychology
o PSYC 160 - Personality
o PSYC 125 - Drugs, Brain and Mind
o PSYC 149 - Cognitive Neuroscience
o PSYC 170 - Social Psychology
o PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology