Majors and Minors


Criminology is the scientific study of crime and its causes. The major is interdisciplinary but draws primarily from the discipline of Sociology. Students who complete the degree receive a broad-based, liberal arts education that sharpens their writing skills, research abilities and critical thinking.

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The major prepares students for a wide variety of careers in applied criminal justice fields such as corrections, parole, or policing, the field of justice research and social service settings. Students who complete this concentration are well-prepared for graduate work in criminology, one of the social sciences, or law.

Internships: Criminology majors who have completed required courses and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 may enroll in the Criminology Internship course. Student interns have been placed in various agencies in the criminal justice system including police departments, juvenile court and correction facilities. Students are encouraged to explore career choices through internships. Some internship experiences have led to employment.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Criminology major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

Consider a double major in Sociology and Criminology

Other Programs Advised through Sociology Department
Criminal Justice Minor
Criminal Justice Certificate

All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Sociology
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1722
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4500

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