Building Knowledge, Promoting Justice

The Department of Criminology is committed to providing quality instruction to students on subjects that fall within the scope of the discipline, conducting research that contributes to the body of knowledge in criminology and criminal justice, and engaging in service grounded in the practical application of our knowledge and skills. Its faculty represents broad and varied backgrounds in working within the criminal justice system and human services, as well as conducting research on a wide range of criminal justice issues. We seek opportunities to involve students in a range of professional activities to facilitate their entry into the job market or post graduate studies.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    The B.S. Criminology curriculum encompasses a comprehensive study of both crime and criminal justice systems. The focus for undergraduate students is to achieve academic competencies in criminology/criminal justice. The program promotes a critical examination of crime and justice issues and the development of analytical and communication skills.

    For new students, degree completion is possible in as little as 3 years (15 credit hours per semester, including summer). Undecided or transfer students who have completed basic core courses could complete the major courses in as little as 4 semesters (15 credit hours per semester). Degrees are conferred in May, August, and December.

    Required core courses for this program are listed in the undergraduate catalogue--options for fulfilling all core requirements are available 100% online (through eCore or other UWG Online offerings). For more info, see the Dept of Criminology Website

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus, Online

    Method of Delivery

    Coursework is available 100% online; required orientation can be done on campus or virtually.


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120
    Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 90
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team ( Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely online, entirely face-to-face, or anything in between.

    Save money.

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with less fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses


    Projected offerings:

    This list does not include the basic core courses required of the degree. These core courses are available online through the eCore program or other UWG offerings.

    All required major courses for the B.S. in Criminology will be offered over the next year and are described below. Courses require no campus visits. Students may begin the program any semester.


  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Complete online application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.

    Official transcripts from all schools attended. Official transcripts are sent from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.

    Verify specific requirements associated with specific populations identified here: Freshman Adult Learners Transfer International Home School Joint / Dual Enrollment Transient Auditor  Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking Readmission

    Application Deadlines

    General admissions deadlines are typically:

    • Fall - June 1
    • Spring - Nov 15
    • Summer - May 15

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.
    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines

    Admission Process Checklist

    Review admission requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).

    Review important deadlines:

    1. Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
    2. Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
    3. Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
      See program specific calendars here

    Complete online application
    Undergraduate Admissions Guide

    Undergraduate Application

    Undergraduate International Application

    Submit $40 non-refundable application fee

    Submit official documents

    Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

    Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
    University of West Georgia
    1601 Maple Street
    Carrollton, GA 30118-4160

    Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

    Check the status of your application


    Office of Admissions
    Phone: 678-839-5600">678-839-5600
    Fax: 678-839-4747

    Dept of Criminology Website - includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

    Dr. David Jenks
    (Pre-enrollment advisor)

  • Dates

    General admissions deadlines are typically:

    • Fall - June 1
    • Spring - Nov 15
    • Summer - May 15

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

  • Objectives

    Describe, explain, and critically evaluate/apply the role of...

    1) Corrections and social services in criminal justice and criminology

    2) Policing in criminal justice and criminology

    3) Law and legal systems in criminal justice and criminology

    4) Diversity and global perspectives in criminal justice and criminology

    5) Theory and philosophy in criminal justice and criminology

    6) Social scientific research and analytic methods in criminal justice and criminology