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Opportunities Within Criminology

Posted on 2/27/2021 7:55:43 PM by Amber Berkheimer

Criminology, one of Cabrini’s 54+ undergraduate majors, opens up a world of opportunities to students. Criminology is, essentially, understanding why crimes take place, what factors lead up to crimes, and what new strategies can help prevent crimes and other topics. Criminology is a social science driven by the “why?” in the field of law and order.

This is a unique program offered to Cabrini students. It is different from the common Criminal Justice major offered at many other colleges and universities because it delves deep into the studies of crime prevention and crime statistics, rather than just the application of crime intervention. Plus, Cabrini also offers a 4 +1 Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice program which allows students to gain a Master’s degree just one year after they graduate with their Bachelor’s degree.

This major, or minor, offered at Cabrini University can align students with very much sought-after careers upon graduation. Here are some careers and descriptions that students can obtain with a degree in Criminology.

Criminologist: Probably the most obvious career with this degree. Criminologists do much of the research required in the legal field. From analyzing data to examining evidence, criminologists decide why crimes were committed and how they could be prevented in the future. They often work side-by-side with law enforcement officers, detectives, sociologists, and psychologists.

Correctional Officer: Correctional officers work within the bounds of a jail or prison. Some of their responsibilities include supervising inmates, enforcing rules and regulations, and, overall, protect their facility and inmates.

Probation/Parole Officer: These careers are crucial within the legal system. These individuals are responsible for supervising those who are out on probation or parole. They periodically check on the people on their workload, mentor them, and sometimes help them get back into society and assist them in assimilating into mainstream life while staying out of trouble.

Crime Analyst: Crime Analysts gather evidence and study trends of crime in specific areas. This career aims to support the community by assisting local and federal police to solve and prevent crimes.

Criminal Prosecutor: Although a degree in a field such as Criminology would offer students hands-on experience to become a Criminal Prosecutor, you can actually attend law school with any degree from any field of study. These attorneys are responsible for getting a conviction. It is a career for hardworking, detail-oriented individuals, which studying Criminology can help with.

Criminal Investigator: You will need to have a few years of investigative experience under your belt to move up to this career, but those with Criminology degrees or similar obtain it. Criminal Investigators interview and interrogate witnesses and suspects. They work alongside law enforcement officers to solve crimes and apprehend criminals, all while seeking justice for victims.