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Criminology/Criminal Justice Studies Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminology/Criminal Justice Studies Degree Program

A Bachelor’s degree in criminology/criminal justice studies gives the graduate a competitive edge both inside and outside the criminal justice sector. You will qualify for an array of criminal justice roles such as police officer, probation officer, institutional corrections officer, parole officer, Child Protective Services investigator, and caseworker. Criminology/criminal justice graduates can also go on to pursue a master’s degree or a Juris doctorate.

Careers for Criminology/Criminal Justice Studies Majors: 

The skills you develop here will open up job opportunities, including
  • Police officer
  • Federal agent
  • Probation officer
  • Crime data analyst
  • Victim advocate
  • Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense Attorney
  • Institutional Correctional Officer
  • Parole Officer

Degree Requirements

  • The BS in criminology/criminal justice studies requires a minimum of 120 total credits.
  • All required and elective courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.
  • All candidates for this degree must fulfill the basic education requirements and the criminology requirements.

Criminology/Criminal Justice Studies Major Requirements

  • The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in criminology/criminal justice studies requires 33 semester credit hours, with a max of 54 semester credit hours.
  • Students are required to complete at least 18 semester credit hours in a minor. 12 of those 18 credits must be upper-level courses.