Feel free to stop by the Criminology Department on campus or call/email any of our faculty if you have specific questions regarding the program.  If you have questions regarding taking classes online, the contact information for Distance Education as well as eCore support are listed below.

UWG Online (Distance Education):

  • Call: 678-839-6248 (M-F 8am-5pm) or 1-855-933-UWGO (8946) (M-F 8am-5pm)
  • E-mail: online@westga.edu


To enroll in the online Criminology degree, you should apply for admission to the university and then simply declare your major as Criminology Online.

Students admitted to UWG’s online programs learn the same material and benefit from the same rigorous and high-quality learning experiences as campus-based students and they enjoy frequent interactions with the instructor and other classmates. The Department of Criminology maintains its commitment to supporting its students and will work to insure that each student gets the attention they need. Though you may never see or meet your online instructor, instead of being limited to asking questions during class or office hours, students have direct access to instructors via email, message boards, or by phone.

Online courses often require at least as much, if not more, time and commitment than traditional courses. They often require far more reading, as much of the information is text based. With the increased freedom and flexibility comes responsibility. Without the structure of regular class meetings, it will be up to you to stay motivated, pace yourself, and keep up with assignments.

Successful online students are also not afraid to pro-actively seek solutions to technical or logistical challenges or speak up and ask for assistance when needed.

In some cases, proctored exams may be required but will be made available at a site convenient to where you live.

Online courses can be a good choice for those who need flexibility, those who work best when given time to review content and post thoughtful responses to questions posed, and those who are self-disciplined.

Emails and other contact information can be found on the department web page.
Appointments are typically made by emailing the professor directly. This creates a record of the appointment and can be referenced in the future.
You can access your courses in CourseDen by your course list in your myUWG account or simply by logging into CourseDen directly and once you log in you will be able to view all of your online courses.
You should compare the program requirements against your Wolf Watch record.
While waiting for your transcript to be evaluated, we recommend you take courses you KNOW you have not taken at another institution.

Make sure to look at the online Academic Calendar to make note of all of the important dates. The Academic Calendar has the important dates regarding registration, add/drop, and withdrawal from classes.

Please note that the deadlines for eCore classes will be slightly different from the UWG Academic Calendar. Make sure to check out the eCore/eMajor calendars for their dates.

Please review the eCore administrative website as well as the UWG online course catalog. Classes that are being offered online will be noted as such in the course description. To learn more, please check out UWG's eCore Program.
Major overrides are available from your instructor. You may either email them with your name and ID, or stop by their office to request an override.
A sequenced course refers to the courses that must be taken in a specific order. CRIM 1100 must be taken before CRIM 4277. You should try to get these courses out of the way as soon as possible. The department will not allow you to take these courses concurrently even if they are the only ones you have left to graduate.
Upper division CRIM courses are courses the student 'selects' from 3000-4000 level CRIM courses that are listed in the catalog. Supporting courses are 3000-4000 level classes the student elects to enroll in that support CRIM. If you can reasonably justify the course supports a degree in Criminology, it usually will be approved.
The Department does not offer every class every semester. You should take required classes as soon as possible. Do not assume the course(s) you need will be offered in a particular semester. We recommend leaving electives for you final semester in order to provide you with more flexibility.
No. The degrees are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as other nationally recognized accreditation agencies (more information about accreditation is available in the degree details). Your degree will be issued by UWG and it will be exactly the same as if you had attended classes on campus.
The only courses in the CRIM program that require a C or better is CRIM 3240, CRIM 4000, CRIM 4003, and CRIM 4284. For all other courses in the major, a D is passing and does not need to be repeated if your overall GPA remains above a 2.0. However, any grade below a C can be repeated if you choose to do so.
The graduation office will not allow you to participate in the spring graduation if you have only one class remaining and you are enrolled for that class in the summer. Summer graduation is available.
Graduation information is available through the Registrar's Office.