Criminology and Criminal Justice*

The concentration in criminology and criminal justice allows students to explore issues of crime, law, and the criminal justice system. The concentration provides students with the tools to analyze complex issues and policies within the criminal justice system, enhancing students’ ability to understand the nature of crime and the system response to law breaking. In addition to the three required courses, which provide a solid understanding of the field, each student will be able to select electives to meet his or her specific interests.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours of graded classroom work, including 12 hours of upper division (300/400 level) hours, internship (CRJ 484) or independent study (CRJ 499) not applicable.
  • A minimum of 12 CRJ credit hours must be taken at ASU.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • CRJ 100 is the prerequisite for all upper-division CRJ courses.
  • CRJ 201 prerequisite requirement can be waived for 300-400 level CRJ courses, meet with a Criminal Justice advisor for this exception.
  • Must have junior standing to take upper division courses.
  • Some courses may require additional course prerequisites or GPA requirements, check with the course catalog and your academic advisor for details.
  • Students are required to meet with a Criminal Justice advisor prior to registration.
  • M Course transfer equivalent available from Maricopa County Community College District, details are provided on the Maricopa County Transfer tab.

Core 6 hours

CRJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice, SB (3) M (Required)
CRJ 225 Introduction to Criminology, SB (3)M (Required) (Credit is allowed for only CRJ 225 or 294 (Introduction to Criminology))

Lower Division Core 3 Hours
Choose one of the following:

CRJ 203 Courts and Sentencing (3)
CRJ 230 Introduction to Policing (3)
CRJ 240 Introduction to Corrections (3)M

Upper Division Core 3 Hours
Choose one of the following:

CRJ 305 Gender, Crime & Criminal Justice, C (3)
CRJ 306 Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice, C (3)

Upper Division Electives 9 hours
Select in consultation with a Criminal Justice advisor.

Any CRJ 300
Any CRJ 400 EXCEPT CRJ 484 OR CRJ 496 OR CRJ 499

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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