Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Criminology Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 45.1101 Sociology)


430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4140
Ph: 716-645-2417
F: 716-645-3934
W: www.sociology.buffalo.edu
Dr. Debra Street
Department Chair
Dr. Kristen Schultz Lee
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Why study Criminology Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Minor in Criminology focuses on the nature and cause of crime, the behavior of criminals and how society reacts to crime and criminals. Career fields such as law enforcement, surveillance and reconnaissance, and data protection/security are growth areas for post-graduation employment. Consequently, the Minor in Criminology is ideal for students who plan to work in settings which require a strong background in crime or law, with skills associated with analyzing and interpreting data. It is also an appropriate area of concentrated study for students whose plans include graduate training in sociology, criminology, criminal justice, or law, or who are interested in pursuing advanced training in any of the wide range of crime, law, or justice professions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Minor in Criminology, students should be able to:

  • Think critically and sociologically about crime and criminality; 
  • Identify and understand the theories, methods, and findings of key research conducted by criminologists;
  • Understand causal theories of crime, deviance, and/or juvenile delinquency, and the issues related to defining, measuring, and explaining crime, deviance, and/or delinquency;
  • Identify and challenge popular misconceptions about crime and understand how and why they are perpetuated;
  • Understand how social inequality, including class, race, and gender inequalities, relate to crime and criminality;
  • Understand how criminological theories are applied in everyday social life, especially in law and social policy.
  • Know how to acquire and evaluate data associated with crime and justice issues, and acquire the skills needed to assess the validity and reliability of such data.

The Learning Environment

We offer courses from across the main subfields in sociology, with specializations for majors in health and society, crime, law and justice, and global sociology. Our course offerings range from small discussion-based classes to larger lectures and online courses. Our department encourages the development of research skills among our undergraduate students both in the classroom, through our research-intensive course offerings, and outside the classroom, through faculty-student research collaborations.

About Our Facilities

The Sociology Department is housed in Park Hall. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls.

About Our Faculty

We have an intellectually diverse and research-productive faculty that deliver high quality graduate and undergraduate mentoring and training, engage in extensive professional service, and publish research in top general and specialty journals. More than half of the Department faculty actively seek grants, and several faculty members have received awards over the years for outstanding teaching. We also have 3 Teaching Assistants and 4-5 adjuncts who teach our undergraduate courses.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The Minor in Criminology will provide students with both depth and breadth of knowledge in the social sciences that creates a strong foundation to gain employment in any aspect of federal, state, and local criminal justice, security, law, public policy, social work, and business. The Minor in Criminology also provides an appropriate intellectual foundation for advanced training in a range of professional and graduate programs of study, including law, public policy, sociology and other social sciences.

Academic Advising

At least 12 of the 18 credits in the criminology minor must be 300- to 400-level.
Students may substitute one elective with a course from outside the Department of Sociology, with permission of the Undergraduate Studies Committee.
No more than two courses may be used to satisfy credit requirements in the student's major, other minors, or programs.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Students may contact the Sociology department (716-645-2417) for information on advising, or contact the CAS Advisement Office (716-645-6883). Darren Portis advises Sociology students with a last name beginning with A-L, and Eric Streeter is the adviser for students with last names M-Z.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Sociology Scholarship for Study Abroad is awarded annually to undergraduate sociology majors and minors and criminology minors who require financial assistance to fund their participation in a study abroad program. Awards are granted on a competitive basis to defray the expense of airfare for the study abroad program.

The Department of Sociology also offers several scholarships to eligible UB undergraduate sociology majors and minors and criminology minors who decide to extend their studies after receiving the Bachelor's degree, by pursuing a Master's degree in Sociology at UB.

Students in our program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including: UB Financial Aid, including Scholarships, Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships, and UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards.

Experiential Learning

Independent Study

Sociology and criminology students occasionally work individually with faculty through independent studies, assisting with ongoing research projects or developing projects of their own. Valuable research experience may be acquired in this manner.

Study Abroad

London Study Abroad Program

Each spring, the Department offers a semester-long study abroad program in London, one of the most vibrant, multicultural, and truly global cities in the world. The program provides an insider's view of London by combining comparative coursework on cutting-edge social issues, the opportunity to pursue independent research, and a professional internship for academic credit. The internships are designed to integrate students into a local organization and provide students with an opportunity to enhance intercultural skills and career prospects while making an active contribution to the company or organization. You can find more information about the program on our website, by contacting the Study Abroad office (716-645-2417).

Winter Session

The Department usually offers a number of Winter Session courses, which can include courses in London and Singapore.

Extracurricular Activities

Alpha Kappa Delta/Zeta Chapter at UB accepts sociology majors and minors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in sociology and overall. Students must have completed at least 12 credit hours in sociology and must be at least a junior. For more information, call (716) 645-2417.

The Undergraduate Sociology Club welcomes all students interested in sociology, regardless of major. Attending the meetings and events of the Sociology Club is one of the best ways to get connected to the department. The Club sponsors events such as movie nights, dinners with faculty, seminars and speakers, field trips, job market and graduate school information sessions, and otherwise serves as a gathering-point for student interests and activities. The Sociology Club also helps organize the departmental graduation ceremony. For more information, email Professor Kristen Schultz Lee (kslee4@buffalo.edu) or call (716) 645-2417.

See the UB Student Association.

Honors and Awards

Sociology majors and minors and criminology minors in good standing are invited each year to submit term papers or sociological research projects (including Honors theses and Independent Study final papers) written within the current academic year for consideration for the Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award.

Becoming a(n) Criminology Minor Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
  • Four years of social studies
  • Three years of college-preparatory science
  • Three years of a second language
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Suggested Introductory Courses

SOC 206 Social Problems
SOC 307 Criminology

Completing the Criminology Minor Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall in the prerequisite courses.

Academic Advice

At least 12 of the 18 credits in the sociology minor must be 300- to 400-level.Students may substitute one elective with a course from outside the Department of Sociology, with permission of the Undergraduate Studies Committee. No more than two courses may be used to satisfy credit requirements in the student's major, other minors, or programs.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer sociology courses taken elsewhere; however, the department accepts no more than 9 credit hours of appropriate sociology courses toward the minor requirements. Course descriptions and syllabi may need to be provided to the department.

SUNY Seamless Transfer
is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

SOC 206 Social Problems
SOC 307 Criminology
One other course from the list of approved minor courses

Required Courses

Four Electives from this list:

SOC 121 Substance Use & Abuse
SOC 311 Drugs & Society
SOC 317 Criminal Justice Systems
SOC 319 Juvenile Justice
SOC 337 Sociology of Punishment
SOC 345 Sociology of Deviance
SOC 366 Crime & Popular Culture
SOC 373 Sociology of Law
SOC 387 Race & Racism
SOC 482 Advanced Topics in Social Justice, Crime, and Law

Total Credit Hours Required

Total Credits Required for Minor: 18

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.


430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4140
Ph: 716-645-2417
F: 716-645-3934
W: www.sociology.buffalo.edu
Dr. Debra Street
Department Chair
Dr. Kristen Schultz Lee
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Published: April 23, 2017 11:58:37 AM