Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Degree Completion Program FAQ's

Frequently asked Questions

  • Are there prerequisites for the program? Is there anything I can take in advance to help prepare?

    Since the B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program is a degree completion program, it is required that students have completed either an Associate’s degree OR at least 60 transferable college credits before starting. 

    Additionally, completion of the below prerequisite courses is required before beginning the program:

    • SOCY 101 – Intro to Sociology (C or higher final grade)
    • SOCY 230 – Criminology (C or higher final grade)
    • MATH 130 – Statistics (C- or higher final grade)

    There are also a number of other courses that you can take in advance that will help to meet your general education requirements.  To find out if your previous coursework will help cover any requirements, take a look at the Transfer Equivalency Page.

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  • Is the program 100% online?

    Yes. Our B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Program is completed 100% online.  All courses required for the program can be taken completely online.  While our online students do have access to on-campus resources, they will not be required to come to campus at any point during the program.

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  • How much is tuition?

    Tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis, with fully-online students paying $373.00 per credit (in-state rate, including fees, as of Fall 2019, same as last year).  For comparison, face-to-face students pay about $429.75 per credit (in-state rate, including fees, as of Fall 2019, same as last year).

    (Students with a residency out-of-state do pay a slightly higher rate; check the Tuition and Fees Chart for more details, and be sure to contact the Office of Online Programs with any questions.)

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  • How long will it take to complete the whole program?

    Most students can expect to complete the program in about two (2) academic years, part-time.  Depending on your previous coursework, your program length may vary.

    Once you are accepted, you can contact your Program Advisor for more information on your academic plan and anticipated program length.

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  • How many credits is the program?

    The B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program consists of 120 total credits, which does include transfer credits.  Once you are admitted into the program, you will be provided a transfer credit evaluation.  Your academic advisor can also assist in creating an academic plan for your program.

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  • Are there certain times that I am required to be online?

    Some professors may hold set Zoom sessions (like Skype) in order to speak with the class as a whole.  These Zoom sessions are typically held in the evenings (EST) in order to accommodate working students.  If a course will hold Zoom sessions your professors will let you know.  You will also follow a course syllabus for required due dates but outside of Zoom sessions students are able to log into classes when best fits their schedule.

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  • How much time per week should I set aside for each class?

    For each three credit course, it is recommended that you set aside at least 10-15 hours per week for study and assignments.  For courses with more credits, it is recommended to budget additional time for study and assignments.

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  • What is Criminology?

    Criminology is the sociological study of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system. It explores the ways in which society determines what behaviors should be regarded as criminal, examines the characteristics of persons who break the law as well as the social forces that contribute to the development of criminal behavior. Criminology also investigates effective ways to prevent crime, to deter criminal behavior, and to reintegrate people who have committed crimes into society. Criminology students learn about all aspects of the criminal justice system, including the police, the courts, prisons, and community-based responses to crime. 

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  • What kind of careers can I have after completing this program?

    There are a variety of professions (police, probation officer, correctional case manager, crime prevention specialist, youth worker, community organizer, crime analyst, lawyer, professor) that people who earn a degree in criminology frequently enter. Although the specific requirements, including additional training and graduate degrees, may vary, all require the following: good oral and written communication skills, the ability to collect and analyze information, excellent organizational skills, as well as honesty and integrity.

    Police, probation officer, parole agent, youth worker, investigator, private security, law (para-legal, attorneys, judges), Customs and Border Patrol Agent, FBI Agent, Secret Service, re-entry services specialist, administrators in crime prevention agencies, correctional case managers, treatment court officers, court administration are just some of the potential careers for our graduates.

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  • What is the advantage of completing this program?

    The advantage of this program that it provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers. Students have a broad background that builds their critical thinking, oral and written communication skills and data analysis skills. Their academic background prepares them to understand how the criminal justice system operates and to undertake specific training for the career path they choose.  While the focus is on crime and the criminal justice system, their academic course of study does not limit them to careers in that area. 

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  • What exactly is a cohort? What do their names mean?

    The B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program is offered via a cohort model, which means that most students begin and end the program with the same group, or cohort, of students, proceeding together at the same pace. 

    Cohort names are based upon the starting semester, for example:

    • Cohort Fall 2020 begins in Fall 2020
    • Cohort Spring 2021 begins in Spring 2021
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  • How often do cohorts start?

    There are two starts throughout the year:  Fall (August), and Spring (January).

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  • What are the basic requirements I must fulfill to be considered for admission?
    1. You must have successfully completed an Associate’s Degree OR have at least 60 transferable college credits
    2. You must complete the required pre-requisite courses, SOCY 101, SOCY 230, and MATH 130.
    3. You must have at least a 2.0 GPA
    4. After applying, you must send in copies of all official transcripts from any higher education institutions previously attended.
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  • When Can I apply? How far in advance should I apply?

    The B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program has rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time throughout the year.  We highly recommend you apply as early as possible, as cohorts sometimes fill up several months in advance.

    If you do not see your preferred term listed on the application, please email OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu or give us a call at (717) 871-7200 letting us know what you prefer, and we will let you know if it would be possible to accommodate you.

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  • Will I have to register for my courses?

    The Office of Online Programs will always automatically register you for your major courses throughout your time in the program, in order to ensure you remain with your cohort (or another advisement plan).

    You must consult with your academic advisor before registering for any general education courses (though the staff in the Office of Online Programs is happy to help with the actual registration once you have discussed it with your advisor).

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  • When can I expect to know what classes I will need to take? Will you evaluate my transcripts?

    Official Transfer Credit Evaluations are completed when a student has completed an application and been offered a seat for acceptance.  So if you are accepted, your evaluation will be included with your offer letter, which is mailed directly to you.  After the evaluation has been done, you can contact your academic advisor for more information on what courses you will need to graduate.

    Please feel free to review our Transfer Equivalencies page ahead of time for more information on how credits do transfer to Millersville from schools we work with frequently.

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  • What kind of structure are the learning modules offered in? How many modules should I expect there to be in each class?

    Each course is offered for the full 14 week semester length.  You should expect to complete readings, online videos, and other activities, along with approximately 2-3 assignments per week.  The online courses are very structured, and have specific due dates for all assignments.

    After completing and submitting an assignment, you can expect feedback (and a grade) from your professor within 5-6 days.  We understand our students are working adults, so we are very accommodating when students request additional time for assignments – just be sure to ask in advance!

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  • What sort of technology will I need to succeed in the online program?

    At the very minimum, you will require a webcam, microphone, and (this is the most important part!) a reliable high-speed Broadband Internet connection.  If you think you might need a new device or are wondering if your current device will be enough, just give us in Online Programs a call at (717) 871-7200 and we would be happy to help you out.

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  • What kind of support will I receive during my time in the program?

    We are committed to ensuring that your time in the B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program is successful and pleasant.  Even after the admissions process is over, we in the Office of Online Programs will continue to be here to help you with any non-academic questions you may have throughout your program.  Questions on your bill?  Trouble with accessing your courses?  Need to modify your schedule due to life changes?  Your Student Support Specialist will be your main point of contact for all of these things, and more.

    For anything academic-related, the Sociology Department, and your assigned academic advisor, are always there for you.  Not sure whether a particular general education course fits in your plan?  Trying to decide between different electives?  Your advisor can help sort out all of these kinds of questions.

    Furthermore, you will be provided with a number of resources to assist you in getting started when you first begin classes.  After confirming your acceptance with your acceptance deposit and response form, you will receive a mailed Welcome Packet including information on setting up student accounts and other helpful resources!

    You will also be enrolled in our Online Orientation close to your class start date, which will help get you situated in the online space.  We do also recommend reviewing our Roadmap to Enrollment, which helps address almost any other questions you could think of!  And as always, if you are still stumped, the Office of Online Programs, as well as the Social Work Department, are here to help you.

    Please feel free to review our Online Student Support Resources page for more information on available resources during your online program!

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  • How will I be billed?

    All bills are provided to the student in a strictly electronic format.  You may view and pay your bills online through MAX.  If you have any general questions on billing, feel free to let the Office of Online Programs know, though for questions relating to your own bill you may wish to contact the Office of Student Accounts at (717) 871-5101.

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  • What resources, like advising, tutoring, or technical support, will be available to me as a student?

    As a Millersville University student, you will have access to numerous resources to aid you during and even after your time as a student.  This includes (but is certainly not limited to):

    • Office of Online Programs
      • The Office of Online Programs are always here to assist you, from your very first inquiry and beyond.  Our Student Support Specialist will be available throughout your time in the Social Work Online Program to assist you with any non-academic questions or issues you may have.
    • Social Work Department
      • You can always contact the Social Work Department and your Advisor, with any questions you have.  Whether academic, career planning or other professional issues, the social work faculty are here to help you! 
    • Writing Center
      • The Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring for writing papers, and is a great resource for any writing-intensive courses you may take (keep in mind these services may not be available during the Summer terms).
    • Library
      • As a Social Work Online student, you will have full access to all Library resources, which includes a huge array of online references, periodicals, and much more.  Millersville librarians are available for phone consults and live chats, and if you live nearby, you are also welcome to come visit and utilize the Library’s in-person resources.  More information on accessing and utilizing library resources will be provided to you in the Online Orientation.
    • IT Help Desk
      • For any technical issues you may experience, the Help Desk is available with extended hours to assist you.
    • Learning Services
      • Learning Services offers many useful workshops (soon to be available online!), provides tutoring services, and coordinates academic accommodations for students with learning and physical disabilities.
    • Career Services
      • Career Services is available for all students to assist you in preparing for developing and advancing your career during and after your time at Millersville.

    Please also feel free to visit our Online Student Support Resources page for more information an additional resources available to you as an online student.

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  • What kind of technical support will be available to me as a student?

    The IT Help Desk is available for almost any technical questions you may have.  You are also welcome to contact us in Online Programs as well -- we are happy to help with many general questions, such as advice on purchasing a new computer or assistance in accessing your accounts.

    Local students are also welcome to bring their computer in directly to the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for repairs, free of charge.  If you’re not local, convenient remote assistance is also available from the Help Desk.

    Need some help? Try our online support or call the Help Desk at 717-871-7777.

    Help Desk Hours:

    • Fall/Spring hours: Mon-Thurs 7a.m. – 7p.m.; Fri 7a.m. 5p.m.
    • Summer hours: Mon-Fri 7a.m. – 5p.m.
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  • What are the major differences between the face-to-face program and the online program?

    Overall, the online and face-to-face programs are fairly similar.  That said, there are some differences:

    • Cost
      • There is a small difference in cost between the 100% online program and the face-to-face program. (See our answer regarding tuition for more details.)
    • Scheduling and pacing
      • Online B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology courses are mostly asynchronous but may require certain times online.  Besides the possibility of evening (EST) Zoom sessions, you will not be required to be online at any other specific time (which is great for working professionals).
      • The B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program follows a cohort model, meaning you will proceed through the program with the same group of students (though we are willing to be flexible if you have any specific scheduling needs).
    • Delivery format
      • The B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program is 100% online, and you are never required to come to campus (though you are certainly welcome)!  The face-to-face program requires in-person meetings at specific times each week.
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  • I’m already a part of the face-to-face B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Program at Millersville University. Can I still join the online program? Is there a cost to switch?

    If you have applied, been accepted to, or even started with the face-to-face B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology program at Millersville University, you can switch your delivery format.  You will need to meet in person with your Academic Advisor in order to get their approval.  You will then need to fill out a brief Change of Delivery Form (F2F to Online) with your advisor’s signature.  Either way, you won’t be charged anything extra.

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  • If I start with the B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program and decide I’d rather go with face-to-face, can I switch? Is there a cost to switch?

    Just as with students switching from face-to-face to online, if you have applied, been accepted to, or started with the B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program and you wish to switch your delivery format to face-to-face, you can.  You will need to meet in person with your Academic Advisor in order to get their approval.  You will also need to fill out a brief Change of Delivery Form (Online to F2F), and there are no additional charges.

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