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Criminology & Law: Sociology & Criminology

The Criminology Concentration (18 credit hours) is recommended for students interested in law, crime, forensics, police work and justice. Internships are available to seniors and students will be matched to an internship site based upon their career interest. Participation in an internship requires a 2.75 GPA. An additional 300/400 level course can be used by permission of the Chair, if unable to complete an internship. 

The Criminology Concentration consists of five tiers of course work. All tiers must be completed to fulfill the requirements of this Concentration.

Tier I: Introductory Criminology Courses

  • SC 2200 Criminal Justice Systems (3 cr.)
  • SC 2400 Criminology (3 cr.)

Tier II: Special Topics in Criminology

  • SC 2650 Victims of Crime (3 cr.)
  • SC 2750 Family Violence (3 cr.)

Tier III: Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion

  • SC 2350 African American Experience (3 cr.)
  • SC 2550 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 cr.)
  • SC 2570 Social Inequalities in Society (3 cr.)
  • SC 3200 Sex and Gender (3 cr.)

Tier IV: Advanced Topics in Criminology

  • SC 3400 Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr.)
  • SC 3430 Drugs and Crime (3 cr.)
  • SC 3450 Corrections (3 cr.)
  • SC 3880 Forensic Science in Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

Tier V: Summary Courses in Criminology

  • SC 4350 Law, Ethics, and Criminal Justice Politics(3 cr.)
  • SC 4400 Violence and Society (3 cr.)
  • SC 4940 Internship and Seminar in Criminology (3-4 cr.)
  • Cleveland Forensic Unit
  • Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Office
  • Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
  • Cuyahoga County Drug Court
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Harbor Light Halfway House
  • Lake County Juvenile Court
  • Office of Federal Pre-trial Services
  • Salvation Army
  • Shaker Heights Probation Office
  • U.S. Marshal’s Office
  • Witness Victim Service Center
  • Women’s Pre-release Center
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Internship Sites

Our students have completed internships in over 80 nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area. Internships are available to seniors in their spring semester, and students are matched to an internship site based upon their career interests. It is not uncommon for our students to be offered employment by the agency where they interned.

Sites include:

  • Achievement Center for Children
  • AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland
  • Alzheimer’s Association – Cleveland
  • American Red Cross
  • Arrupe House
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland
  • Business Volunteers Unlimited
  • Care Alliance Health Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Reducing Health Disparities
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Hospitals of the Cleveland Clinic
  • Cleveland International Program
  • Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland
  • The Gathering Place
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Light of Hearts Villa
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • New Avenues to Independence
  • Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless
  • Organize Ohio!
  • Recovery Resources
  • Salvation Army
  • Senior Citizen’s Resources
  • Shaker Heights Youth Center
  • United Way
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • University Settlement House
  • Witness Victim Service Center
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Small Class Sizes

Our small class sizes of usually 25 or less allows individual attention to each student while encouraging greater interaction with their professors and classmates.