Jun 05, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology & Justice Studies, B.A.

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The Criminology & Justice Studies major at Avila University is viewed broadly as encompassing the scientific study of crime, criminals, the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and the treatment of offenders. The program is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature, drawing upon several academic disciplines and paradigms for theoretical and methodological approaches.

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)

Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)

Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 












6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL




Core Designations

Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 







Transfer Students

The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

Criminology & Justice Studies (CR)

Criminology & Justice Studies is a popular major for students planning careers in areas such as law enforcement, corrections, probation, and parole at local, state, and national levels. Students in the Criminology & Justice Studies major will be prepared with the leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary for a successful career and/or graduate school education in areas such as law, sociology, psychology, and public administration.

The candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology & Justice Studies must complete all the general degree requirements as stated in this catalog.

Major Related Requirements

Technology Requirement

The university technology requirement is met by the following course:


In addition to the above listed course requirements, Criminology majors will be expected to meet the following program outcomes:

Outcome 1.

Demonstrate proficiency in criminology and justice studies in various settings, including internships. (all courses in the major)

Outcome 2.

Utilize effective ethical and decision-making skills in personal and professional situations. (all courses in the major)

Outcome 3.

Effectively employ theoretical, methodological, and critical communication knowledge and skills in various situations. (SO 230 , SO 322 , SO 350 , SO 351 , SO 397 , SO 495 , CR 360 )

Outcome 4.

Demonstrate knowledge of the various institutions of social control, both within the United States and throughout the world. (SO 322 , CR 262 CR 360 , CR 362 CR 366  /SO 366 )

Outcome 5.

Recognize and appreciate diversity in individuals, cultures, and social systems, from local to national to global environments, with the resultant awareness of the social construction of reality. (all courses in the major)


The outcomes of the criminology and justice studies major and minor are assessed through a wide variety of quizzes, written assignments, and oral presentations in the required courses. SO 495  provides a capstone experience to the major and provides an overall assessment of each of the outcomes.


A minor in Sociology is not permitted for students majoring in Criminology & Justice Studies.

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