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.

Read below for more information, or visit the Bachelor's in Criminology degree page.

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, MBA program, or through other graduate degrees from our School of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the B.S. Degree in Criminology at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact an admissions counselor at 877.820.0581 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

CPS: Undergraduate Core

Advncd Oral/Written

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(3SH)
COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 325, EN/PL 482, EN 475

English Composition

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EN 203 (3SH)

Global Issues

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Global Issues (6SH)

HU 366 - Leading Lives That Matter

Provides an opportunity to explore the question, "How ought we to live?" in light of educational and professional goals within the context of the Jesuit tradition.

Literature/Hum

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Literature/Humanities (3SH)

Mathematics

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MT 201, MT 204, MT 270 (3SH)

Natural Science

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Natural Science (3SH)

Oral Communication

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COM 210 or COM 211 (3SH)

Philosophy

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All PL courses (6SH)

Religious Studies

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all RC and RS courses (6SH)

Social Science

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Social Science (6SH)

CPS: Criminology Major

CR 350 - Introduction to Criminology

Analyzes social, political, and economic forces that shape the nature, extent and definitions of crime. Includes corporate and government crime; the relationship of racism, sexism and drugs with crime; and imprisonment.

CR 360 - Introduction to Forensic Science

Uses scientific method and thought process to think critically about the evidence of crime.

CR 370 - Criminal Deviance

Study of criminal behavior from a psychosocial approach. Examines various criminological perspectives of criminal behavior as well as specific psychological, biological, and learning factors of those individuals disposed to commit crime.

CR 413 - Crime Analysis

Provides an introduction to crime analysis including its components and history. Covers theory, data collection, crime mapping, crime disorder, problems in law enforcement, and career opportunities.

CR 473 - Dec-Mkng & Prob Solv in Criminology

Examines decision-making models and their impact in criminal justice agencies, outcomes, and stakeholder satisfaction. Explores personal discretion, the role of organizational policies, political and social influences, and the implications of overly influential cohorts, and other professional organizations and citizens.

CPS: Criminology Major

CR 425 - Professional Ethics in Criminology

Investigates ethical issues concerning personal professional ethics, privileged communications, decision-making, use of statistical data, conflicting loyalties, competing social demands and other tensions specific to the criminal justice system.

CR 426 - Psychology of Crime

Evaluating psychological explanations of crime; combining classic theory with new developments in eyewitness testimony, offender profiling and forensic psychology; topics: theoretical history of criminal psychology, interpersonal violence, sexual violence and deviancy, including major sociological theories.

CR 427 - Criminal Profiling

Provides an introduction to the science of criminal investigative analysis which is the process of inferring distinctive personality characteristics of individuals responsible for committing criminal acts. Discussions include wider societal contexts and implications.

CR 429 - Family Violence

Investigates issues associated with the use of aggression against household members, aggression that is against their will and detrimental to their physical, emotional and psychological welfare. Addresses social impact of violence as well as prevention.

CR 430 - Sexual Homicide

Explores the psychological mind of sex crime perpetrators and murderers, including formative influences, contexts of power, patterns and motives. Uses case studies to probe into criminal enterprise, personal cause, group cause and sexual homicides.

CR 445 - Homeland Security

Introduces and defines Homeland Security and the terminology and concepts used by professionals in the field. Identifies First Responders (i.e., FEMA, Secret Service, police departments, etc.) and the challenges and problems associated with each.

CR 446 - Perspectives on Terrorism

Explores current and historical sociological, political, and religious climates, which contribute to acts of terrorism. Examines motivation, direction, funding, responses, impacts and consequences.

CR 483 - Research Methods

Introduces scientific research methodology. Includes qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on interpreting research studies in a critical manner and the skills necessary to begin original research.

CR 494 - Senior Capstone

Provides the culminating experience of the major, focusing on integration and application of theory. Must be completed as graded course work at Regis University. Prerequisite(s): Majors only and 21 SH of upper division CR courses.

Electives

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Three semester hours selected from the following courses:
CR 428, CR 433, CR 448, CR 449

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact an admissions counselor at 877.820.0581 for recent changes and updates.

CR 350 Introduction to Criminology (3.00)

Analyzes social, political, and economic forces that shape the nature, extent and definitions of crime. Includes corporate and government crime; the relationship of racism, sexism and drugs with crime; and imprisonment.

CR 360 Introduction to Forensic Science (3.00)

Uses scientific method and thought process to think critically about the evidence of crime.

CR 370 Criminal Deviance (3.00)

Study of criminal behavior from a psychosocial approach. Examines various criminological perspectives of criminal behavior as well as specific psychological, biological, and learning factors of those individuals disposed to commit crime.

CR 413 Crime Analysis (3.00)

Provides an introduction to crime analysis including its components and history. Covers theory, data collection, crime mapping, crime disorder, problems in law enforcement, and career opportunities.

CR 425 Professional Ethics in Criminology (3.00)

Investigates ethical issues concerning personal professional ethics, privileged communications, decision-making, use of statistical data, conflicting loyalties, competing social demands and other tensions specific to the criminal justice system.

CR 426 Psychology of Crime (3.00)

Evaluating psychological explanations of crime; combining classic theory with new developments in eyewitness testimony, offender profiling and forensic psychology; topics: theoretical history of criminal psychology, interpersonal violence, sexual violence and deviancy, including major sociological theories.

CR 427 Criminal Profiling (3.00)

Provides an introduction to the science of criminal investigative analysis which is the process of inferring distinctive personality characteristics of individuals responsible for committing criminal acts. Discussions include wider societal contexts and implications.

CR 428 Youth Violence & Delinquency (3.00)

Examines youth violence, causal variables explaining these aberrant behaviors, the juvenile justice system that contends with this form of violence, and criminological and sociological theories that explain violent juvenile crimes.

CR 429 Family Violence (3.00)

Investigates issues associated with the use of aggression against household members, aggression that is against their will and detrimental to their physical, emotional and psychological welfare. Addresses social impact of violence as well as prevention.

CR 430 Sexual Homicide (3.00)

Explores the psychological mind of sex crime perpetrators and murderers, including formative influences, contexts of power, patterns and motives. Uses case studies to probe into criminal enterprise, personal cause, group cause and sexual homicides.

CR 433 Violence in the Workplace (3.00)

Interdisciplinary examination of and practical approaches to prevention, intervention and dealing with the aftermath of violence in the workplace.

CR 445 Homeland Security (3.00)

Introduces and defines Homeland Security and the terminology and concepts used by professionals in the field. Identifies First Responders (i.e., FEMA, Secret Service, police departments, etc.) and the challenges and problems associated with each.

CR 446 Perspectives on Terrorism (3.00)

Explores current and historical sociological, political, and religious climates, which contribute to acts of terrorism. Examines motivation, direction, funding, responses, impacts and consequences.

CR 448 Homeland Security Legal & Ethical Issues (3.00)

Identifies emerging legal and ethical implementation issues associated with actions taken by response organizations and individuals within those organizations. Discusses new and emerging legislation.

CR 449 Vulnerability and Security (3.00)

Explores theories and practices behind security and vulnerability assessments. Examines existing security practices and assessment models used in organizations. Identifies emerging security concerns and solutions, including monetary resources, to counter potential threats.

CR 451 Juvenile Delinquency (3.00)

Investigates juvenile delinquency in the context of social and political authority, the operations of the criminal justice system, youth culture and youth subcultures, and related social issues. Presents various sociological theories of juvenile delinquency, and examines various historical and contemporary manifestations of juvenile crime and deviance.

Cross listing(s): SO 451.

CR 473 Dec-Mkng & Prob Solv in Criminology (3.00)

Examines decision-making models and their impact in criminal justice agencies, outcomes, and stakeholder satisfaction. Explores personal discretion, the role of organizational policies, political and social influences, and the implications of overly influential cohorts, and other professional organizations and citizens.

CR 483 Research Methods (3.00)

Introduces scientific research methodology. Includes qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on interpreting research studies in a critical manner and the skills necessary to begin original research.

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 for Professional 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.
Apply a minimum of 14 days before the start of classes to ensure optimal course selection.

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.

Class Starts

Term Class Start Date
Summer 8W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W2 - 2014 June 9, 2014
Summer 8W2 - 2014 June 30, 2014
Summer 5W3 - 2014 July 14, 2014
Fall 8W1 - 2014 August 25, 2014
Fall 5W1 - 2014 August 25, 2014
Fall 5W2 - 2014 September 29, 2014
Fall 8W2 - 2014 October 25, 2014
Fall 5W3 - 2014 November 3, 2014
Spring 8W1 - 2015 January 5, 2015

Tuition

Regis University Degree Tuition: B.S. in Criminology

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

Directed study costs $460 per credit hour.

Please note: Additional fees may apply to students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.