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.
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:
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:
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.
(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.)