Majoring in criminology at FSC means studying crime and its causes and developing the ability to assess social policies and programs designed to address it.

These are complex issues, but we make sure you have the faculty expertise and broad range of learning opportunities to prepare you to make essential contributions to the field and to society.

Top Reasons to choose FSC for Criminology

  • You’ll get to participate in meaningful internships and study-abroad experiences.
  • We offer plenty of collaborative research opportunities with faculty.
  • You’ll learn from accessible professors with top-notch credentials.
  • You’ll conduct original research in our capstone seminar course.
  • Our professors have practical experience in the criminal justice system.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Most of our classes are discussion-based. Beyond just talking about readings, classes also examine real-life events, such as videos of parole hearings and trials and then debating the issues that are raised.

Course Information

Through classes such as Judicial Processes, Methods of Social Research, and Criminalization of Mental Illness, your coursework as a criminology major covers all aspects of the field. In addition, you’ll be able to specialize in other disciplines and take a variety of courses that fit your career goals.

Students wanting to work in agencies or government often take business and management courses, while those wanting to specialize in the problems of adolescents and children might take education courses.

See a complete list of course descriptions below  

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Internship Opportunities

Located in the City of Lakeland, near the county seat in Bartow, Florida, and within driving distance of Orlando and Tampa, FSC is perfectly situated for criminal justice internships at the local, state and federal level. Our students have found placements with the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshall’s Service, U.S. Probation, State Probation, various police and sheriffs’ agencies, prosecutors’ offices, and public defenders’ offices.

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Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Recent FSC graduates have gone on to work as U.S. Secret Service agents, criminology professors, prosecutors, investigators for the public defenders’ office, probation and law enforcement officers, and as military officers.

Our students have also entered graduate programs in criminal justice across the country, including in Texas, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

Special Features

Our majors have special study-abroad opportunities, such as traveling to England and taking a course entitled “A Comparison of the American and British Criminal Justice Systems.

Our faculty are noted scholars and recognized experts with the experience that comes from working as a federal probation officer, an assistant to a warden, a juvenile justice social worker, a U.S. Secret Service Agent, and a police officer.


Program Requirements

Criminology Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 48 hours
CRM 2280 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRM 3340 Criminology
CRM 3350 Policing in American Society
CRM 3360 Juvenile Delinquency
CRM/SOC 4420 Methods of Social Research
CRM 4430 Criminalization of Mental Illness
CRM 4440 Judicial Processes
CRM 4450 Corrections and Rehabilitation
CRM 4960 Criminology Practicum
CRM 4999 Seminar in Criminology
MAT 2022 Elementary Statistics
PHI 2204 Ethics
C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
D. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
E. Electives 16-24 hours
E. Total 124 hours

Criminology Minor Requirements

20 hours of CRM courses.


Course Descriptions

Four hours. A survey of the American criminal justice decision network with emphasis on the principles and values which undergird it.
Gen Ed: SW (Aw)

Four hours. Prerequisite: MAT 2022 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. The nature and extent of crime, criminal typologies, and criminological theory.
Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An)

Four hours. Prerequisite: CRM 2280. The functions and responsibilities of police with emphasis on issues and problems of American police. This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the principles and processes of the police as a part of the criminal justice decision network, the values and value conflicts which are inherent in police decisions, and issues related to crime control in a democratic society. Students will study the approaches and methods of various disciplines as they apply to the study of police structure and decision-making.

Four hours. The nature and extent of juvenile delinquency, theories of causation, prevention, and treatment.

Four hours. Same as SOC 4420. Prerequisites: Twelve hours in criminology or sociology and MAT 2022. The application of the scientific method in researching social phenomena, focusing on the foundations of quantitative, empirical methodologies. Students will participate in the entire research process, including conceptualization, research design, sampling, measurement, data collection, computer software, statistical analysis, report writing, oral presentation.
Gen Ed: SW (An, Ap), Ql, Qn

Four hours. Same as PSY 4430. Prerequisites: CRM 3340 or PSY 1106 or PSY 1110. This course explores how the criminal justice system has become the de facto mental health system and examines reasoned, collaborative solutions to this dilemma.
Gen Ed: SW (Aw, Ap)

Four hours. The jurisdictions, policies and procedures of American courts. Rules of evidence and the impact of appellate court decisions on criminal justice processes.

Four hours. The history and philosophy of correctional programs, theory and research will be examined. Exploration of sentencing guidelines, probation, parole and intermediate punishments will be undertaken. Current issues and future projections will be discussed.

Four hours. Prerequisites: PHI 2204 and senior criminology major status and permission of the instructor. Practical experience in one or more criminal justice agencies or in research. Class will focus on integrating theory and practice. The Criminology Practicum is a required course for Criminology majors and is to be taken during the last year of a student’s coursework. It consists of 120 hours in an agency as a professional intern. Normally, the practicum would be taken during the summer before the student’s senior year, the last semester, or next-to-last semester of a student’s academic career at Florida Southern College.

Four hours. Prerequisites: PHI 2204 and senior standing and permission of the instructor. Readings, research, and class discussion on crime-related topics of contemporary importance such as corporate, environmental or political crime, violence, drugs, prison over-crowding, etc.