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Criminology is an interdisciplinary behavioral science which includes the study of law, the causes of criminal behavior and the agencies of social control which society has established to prevent and control crime.

The criminology program at U. T. Permian Basin is committed to the personal, analytical and professional development of its students. Many will choose to continue their education in graduate studies or law school, while others will accept employment in criminal justice agencies such as law enforcement, courts, corrections or other social service organizations. The criminology program is committed to developing the student’s sensitivity to the human and social condition, coupled with an understanding and ability to participate constructively in the improvement of both.