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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.

A criminal justice practitioner is the face of government. Judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, police officers, probation/parole officers, and institutional corrections officers’ work together to deliver “justice for all.” This means protecting the innocent, convicting criminals, reforming offenders, and providing a fair justice process to help keep order across the country. In other words, the criminal justice professions protect the social order and serve the community by restoring disorder.

What can I do with a criminology/criminal justice studies 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. The study of Criminal Justice dives deep into the administration of Criminal Justice within society. 

Criminology/Criminal Justice Studies 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. 
  • The structure and function of Criminal Justice agencies. 

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 also go on to pursue a masters’ degree or a Juris Doctorate.

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