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Criminology Programs

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If you love a good mystery — or figuring out “who done it” — a criminology major may be the path for you. Criminology is the “why” and “how” of crime. A criminologist seeks to understand why people commit crimes, appropriate punishments, and how laws impact the prevention of crime.  Criminology borrows from the disciplines of sociology, law, political science, history, and psychology.

What can I do with a criminology degree?

The study of criminology builds understanding of the social and personal aspects of crime, victimization and responses to crime and deviance, and develops the ability to generate and evaluate evidence and make reasoned arguments and ethical judgments using critical thinking skills.

Criminology majors should acquire a basic knowledge of the following:
  • The definitions, volume, and distribution of the major crimes in contemporary America.
  • The major theoretical explanations of criminal behavior.
  • The criminal and juvenile justice systems and their component agencies. 

A Bachelor’s degree in criminology gives to a competitive edge both inside and outside the criminal justice sector. You will qualify for an array of law enforcement roles such as police officer, park ranger, paralegal, forensics expert, game warden, or detective.