Criminology Major

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Criminology is the scientific study of criminal behavior and the social institutions that deal with crime. The criminology major combines the resources of psychology and sociology, in order to effect a broad-based view of criminal behavior.

In addition to course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree are encouraged to complete the department’s minor in Advanced Scientific Analysis.

Real World Experience

In addition to courses, you are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where you can apply classroom knowledge to real problems. Most recently, our students have interned at:

  • Burrell Behavioral Health
  • C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue
  • Cox Health Psychiatric Unit
  • Family Violence Center
  • Federal Public Defender’s Office

  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • Mercy Marian Center
  • Missouri Board of Probation and Parole
  • Planned Parenthood
  • U.S. Marshals Service

What happens after graduation?

Upon graduation, nearly 100% of our students who apply are accepted to attend graduate, law, or medical school Recently, our students have chosen to study at such places as:

  • American University
  • George Washington University
  • King’s College in London
  • Purdue University
  • Sam Houston State

  • Suffolk University
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Washington University

Careers in Criminology

Criminology is a dynamic field of study that prepares students for a variety of jobs at all levels of government and in the private sector. A sample of employment opportunities is provided below. Most of these jobs require a bachelor’s degree, but there are others, such as diplomatic security, where a master’s degree is needed for entry level employment. In some cases, proficiency in a foreign language or basic accounting is necessary.

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The Criminology major requires 44-45 credit hours of coursework.

Students should complete all 100-and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status).

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.
Co-requisites must be taken during the same semester.

(It is essential that students complete BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, and BSCI 275-L before taking BSCI 359.)

(Those students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 359 will be removed from the Advanced Behavioral I and II course sequence. Students will not be allowed to register for and/or audit BSCI 361 during the following spring semester. Failing students must re-attempt the 359/361 sequence the following fall semester.)

(Those students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 361 must earn a passing grade in BSCI 343 in order to fulfill the university and department research requirement. The final grade awarded in BSCI 343 shall not replace any prior grade earned in BSCI 361.)

(Students enrolled in BSCI 493 are required to take a comprehensive examination over topics covered in the major as well as a nationally-normed exit exam.)