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Criminology Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Pathways: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Law and Public Policy, Liberal Arts and Humanities

Go beyond the legal definitions of criminality. Criminology seeks to understand the nature and causes of criminality, as well as the successes and limitations of criminal justice approaches and processes.

Academics

Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • ECAS Fine Arts Requirement
    3
  • Foreign Language 101
    3
  • SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology Exclamation Point
    3
  • SOCA 199 Orientation to Sociology and Anthropology
    1
14
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 102
    3
  • SOCA 105 Introduction to Anthropology Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Elective
    1
16
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend the Sophomore Celebration to celebrate your successful freshman year and becoming a sophomore
  • Attend Adventure WV
  • Consult Off-Campus Housing to find an apartment for your sophomore year
  • Attend WVUp All Night

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Attend the study abroad fair
  • Ask your RA questions about succeeding at the University
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Apply to be a Resident Assistant
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 1
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Join the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT)
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Join an intramural team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Attend a career fair
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a resume writing class

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 203
    3
  • SOCA 232 Criminology Exclamation Point
    3
  • Statistics Requirement
    3
15
Spring
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 204
    3
  • SOCA 234 The Criminal Justice System Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Attend a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day diversity program
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • Attend a career fair
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • SOCA 301 Sociological Theory Exclamation Point
    3
  • Upper-level Criminology Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • SOCA 311 Social Research Methods Exclamation Point
    3
  • Upper-level Criminology Course
    3
  • Sociology or Anthropology Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Become a tutor or mentor in your major

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend a football game
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Become a level 2 Bystander Trainer Foo

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Become a leader in your club sport team
  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • Upper-level Criminology Course
    3
  • Sociology or Anthropology Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • SOCA 488 The Capstone Experience
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Sign up for graduation
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Attend the Graduation One-Stop Shop
  • Complete the Campus Read

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a football game
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Join an intramural team
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Sign up for an interview
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Attend a career fair
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)

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