2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2023  
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology, Forensic Accounting in Criminal Investigations Concentration, B.A.

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A concentration is a selection or prescribed set of courses associated with a major designed to focus the student’s course of study according to interest and/or career goals. A concentration is not a required component of all majors. A concentration must be formally declared for it to appear on the transcript of record.

The following option is available to criminology majors who wish to pursue a wide range of fast-growing careers including work with the IRS, criminal investigation division, FBI, corporate auditing departments, and various law enforcement agencies which deal with financial investigations, white collar crime and forensic accounting.

This program was designed with input from the IRS and meets their requirements for training in accounting and business. Students who choose this option should work closely with their advisors to ensure all college and major requirements are satisfied.

The completion of this concentration results in a student only needing approximately 18 credits of free electives for the degree.


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Department Chairperson for Justice, Law, and Soceity - Dr. Joseph Bobak, IV

With this foundation, the department has adopted the following outcomes. Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate all of the outcomes stated below:

  1. Knowledge Base in Criminology - Students will demonstrate depth of fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how criminological principles apply to social phenomena;
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking - Students will demonstrate skills and concepts in interpreting behavior and evaluating research to draw conclusions about criminological phenomena;
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World - Students will demonstrate proficiency with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in criminology and demonstrate that they have adopted the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in personal and professional settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns;
  4. Communication - Students will demonstrate the ability to construct a cogent argument, present information orally and/or in written form, engage in discussion of criminological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity, as well as produce a research study or other criminological project; and
  5. Professional Development - Students will be able to apply criminology-specific content and skills to succeed in postbaccalaureate employment, graduate school, professional school, and/or professional organizations. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology is intended to prepare students for entry-level and certain mid-level criminal justice positions as well as for graduate or professional school. The program has a social justice focus that advances the same core values as stated above in the Associate Degree introduction section.

Background Requirements for Most Law Enforcement Positions

Students who wish to pursue a career in criminology should be aware that to secure a position in law enforcement or to teach criminology or criminal justice at most universities and colleges the student is required to pass a background check.

In most states, specifically Pennsylvania, federal law enforcement positions require that the candidate provide reports on his/her background to law enforcement agencies in the particular state they are seeking employment. For example, in Pennsylvania these particular agencies are: the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (if working with children) and the Pennsylvania State Police. Most all state and federal positions require a report from the Federal Criminal History Record Information Department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the candidate will also undergo future background checks by the particular agency to which he/she applied.

If your background check is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in most law enforcement positions. In Pennsylvania and most states, students can seek a security background check from their state police agency.

Grade Requirements in Major

Students must earn a C or better in all major courses, designated with a CRIM prefix. Major courses for which a D or less has been earned must be repeated.

Grade Requirements in Concentrations and Certificates

Students must earn a C or better in ALL courses listed for any concentration, minor, or certificate to be awarded the certificate or designation for the concentration or minor on the transcript.

Core Course Requirements


Upper-Division Literature

  • ENGL 300/400 3 Credits


  • ART, ENGL, MUSC, THEA 3 Credits

History/Political Science



Information Communication Technologies

Religious Studies/Philosophy

  • RLST or PHIL 3 Credits
  • RLST 300/400 3 Credits

Social Science

Integrated Discipline Capping

Total Credits in Core: 45 Credits

Major Course Requirements

Total Credits in Major: 42

(Includes 9 credits in core)

Forensic Accounting in Criminal Investigations Concentration


NOTE: See “Accounting ” program for information on Concentration in Forensic Accounting in Criminal Investigations Option for Accounting Majors. See “Minors ” section for information regarding Criminology Minor.

Total Credits for Free Electives: 18 Credits

Total Credits in Degree: 120 Credits

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