Earn a Criminology Degree at Regis

Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminology degree offers a practical, theory-based interdisciplinary education that stresses human behavior, social and cultural dynamics, communication and leadership.
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B.S. Degree in Criminology

Criminology Degree Overview

The B.S. in Criminology degree enables you to explore the inner workings of the criminal mind through an in-depth step-by-step, course-by-course process. Our criminology degree program introduces you to the increasingly complex environment in which professionals associated with crime analysis, law enforcement, public safety and security, the criminal justice system, regulatory agencies and social support work toward the improvement and transformation of society. Many Regis University Criminology faculty are active or recently retired practitioners who ensure that course material is contemporary, realistic and interesting, while fostering an open exchange of real-world knowledge with their students. Both on-campus and online criminology courses are offered.

After receiving your degree in criminology from Regis University, you'll be prepared with an education based on the Jesuit tradition. You'll be empowered to understand, question and confront criminal behavior in order to make ethical and effective contributions to your public and professional organizations.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology program lays the foundation for you to continue your education in our Master of Science in Criminology program, or through other graduate degrees from CCLS.

Total Criminology Degree Requirements: 128 credit hours

  • Core studies requirements: 45 credit hours
  • Foundational major requirements: 15 credit hours
  • Upper division major requirements: 27 credit hours
  • Minor (optional): 0 or 12 credit hours
  • General electives: 26 credit hours (if minor is selected); 38 credit hours (if minor is not selected)

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.


Program Requirements

General Undergraduate Core Requirements (45 credit hours)

Oral Communication Skills (3 credit hours): COM 210, COM 211
English Composition (3 credit hours): EN 203
Advanced Oral or Written Communication (3 credit hours): COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 325, EN/PL 482, EN 475
Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours) (3 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities Elective (3 credit hours) Any 300-400 EN, all HU courses, all COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, and COM 437)
Global Issues (6 credit hours): COM 400, COM 412, CR 466, EC 335, EC 400, CIV 410, CIV 420, HS 240E-W, HU 435E-W, HU 421E-W, SO 204, SO 340, SO 341, SO 446, SO 469F, SO 472, IRSH 410E-W, RC 450, RC 458, RC 459

Social Sciences (6 credit hours): CIV 410, CIV 420, CIV 430, CIV 440, COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406 and COM 437), all EC, all ED, all HS, all PY, all SO courses, all CR courses

Mathematics (3 credit hours) 
  • (College-level algebra or higher)
  • MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, all 300-400 level MT courses 
Natural Sciences (3 credit hours): SCI 205E, SCI 206E, SCI 410E, SCI 411E, all CN, CIS or CS courses 
Philosophy (6 credit hours): All PL courses
Religious Studies (6 credit hours): All RC, all RS courses 
Foundational Courses (15 credit hours)
CR 350 Introduction to Criminology
CR 360 Introduction to Forensic Science
CR 370 Criminal Deviance
CR 413 Crime Analysis
CR 473 Decision Making and Problem Solving in Criminology

Upper Division Major Requirements (27 credit hours)

CR 425 Professional Ethics in Criminology
CR 426 Psychology of Crime
CR 427 Criminal Profiling
CR 429 Family Violence
CR 430 Sexual Homicide
CR 445 Homeland Security
CR 446 Perspectives on Terrorism
CR 483 Research Methods
CR 494 Senior Capstone
Select 1 class (3 credit hours) from the following:
CR 428 Youth Violence and Delinquency
CR 433 Violence in the Workplace
CR 448 Homeland Security: Legal and Ethical Issues
CR 449 Vulnerability and Security

Optional Minor

0-12 credit hours

General Electives (26-38 credit hours)

If a specialization and a minor are completed: 26 credit hours

If a minor or a specialization is completed: 38 credit hours

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly into college credit.

Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.

Applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies must possess:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (from a regionally accredited high school) AND
  • Transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university AND
  • Evidence of work experience

Applicants who do not meet each of these requirements may submit a letter of exception to the Assistant Dean of the school in which the applicant seeks to enroll. The letter should describe the applicant's goals and substantiate his/her ability to be successful at Regis University. Download guidelines for work experience admission appeal.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the application
  2. Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  3. Complete the personal statement essay. A short personal statement is required to be considered for admission. Download a copy of the personal statement guidelines.
  4. Request official transcripts from accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download the transcript request form. Official transcripts are those that come directly from one college or university to another college or university. Official transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the date of application. If not received, course registrations will be suspended.
  5. Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.

Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.
Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

Non Degree-Seeking Applicants Submit the Following:

  • Completed application
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess transferable college credit from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Provide evidence of work experience
  • No official transcripts are necessary. The writing skills placement essay is not required.
Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.


2015-2016 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2015

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50
Online $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50

2016-2017 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2016

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $14,100 - $56,400 30 - 120 $470 $50
Online $14,100 - $56,400
30 - 120 $470 $50

Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information. Click here for information regarding student parking fees.