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Criminology Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 45.0401 Criminology)

Department of Sociology

430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Robert Adelman
Department Chair

Dr. Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Why study Criminology Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Minor in Criminology focuses on the nature and cause of crime, criminal behavior and how society reacts to crime and criminals. Graduates can pursue a range of careers, including law enforcement, public safety, policy analysis and criminal justice reform, as well as work with communities and individuals impacted by crime or criminal justice institutions. 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. Our course offerings range from small discussion-based classes to larger lectures and remote 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 the Sociology 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, and social work. 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 students in our undergraduate programs 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.

Students in our programs 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.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:49