Criminology Majors

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    Turn Your Passion for Criminal Justice into a Career that Makes a Difference

    There are those who follow, and those who lead. Your undergraduate degree in Criminology will put you on a direct path to leadership in the criminal justice system, whether in local and state law enforcement or in the expanding fields of private, commercial, and industrial security.

    As a criminology major, you will be required to take six criminology courses and choose two courses from each of three areas: the Criminal Justice System, Critical Issues in Criminology, and Diversity Issues in Criminology, for a total of 12 courses. You will have numerous classes from which to choose, classes that cover topics as diverse as policing and the community, juvenile justice and juvenile law, white-collar crime, violence and victimology, crime and the media, terrorism, and environmental crime.

    We focus on the theoretical as well as the applied. Criminology majors are encouraged to complete an internship and to double major, or pursue a minor of their choosing. 

    BA in Criminology

    • Discover the latest research methods used in criminology.
    • Learn about the contemporary issues and dilemmas facing criminology and criminal justice.
    • Be equipped to deal with critical diversity issues facing those who work in the system.
    • Gain superior analytic, critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills.
    • Engage with theory, method, and policy.
    • Apply your knowledge to an internship in the field of your choice.

    BA in Criminology Pre-Law

    • Gain superior analytic, critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills as you discover the latest research methods and contemporary issues facing the criminal justice system today.
    • Take full advantage of one of the most appropriate majors to pursue a career as a criminal lawyer or judge.
    • Prepare for law school while establishing qualifications for a career in criminal justice.
    • Take additional courses in business, English, economics, history, philosophy, and political science.
    • Apply your knowledge to an internship in the field of your choice.

    Criminology Minor

    • Add this to another major to strengthen your credentials for employment in many state agencies.
    • Some majors that might find this minor useful are political science, journalism, and anthropology.

    Information Assurance Minor

    • Gain a deeper understanding of the threats criminals pose to cybersecurity.
    • Expand your resume with this minor to open up new career paths following graduation.