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Gain an understanding of a variety of social experiences, from our everyday behaviors and interactions with friends and family to large-scale social sectors like economies, governments, and religions, with a Criminology major or minor. You can also participate in our 4+1 master's program in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Grounded in statistics, research, and theory, the Criminology program is centrally focused on the perspective of social structure and social processes.

Contact Information

Vivian C. Smith, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor

At a glance:

Total Credits for Major


Total Credits for Minor


Projected job growth to 2024*


Criminology Program Details

As a Criminology major, you’ll examine the causes and consequences of deviant and normal behavior, learn how to conduct and evaluate research, analyze the major criminal justice institutions, and critically evaluate social policies related to crime, deviance, and social control.

You’ll graduate prepared to examine crime, corrections, and the criminal justice system from a critical, research-based stance with special emphasis on the importance of social structures and social processes.

You’ll learn research skills from start to finish as you work with faculty on a research project and participate in off-campus supervised internships, earning credits while exploring career choices.

Employment Outlook

Learn to analyze these social experiences and apply this knowledge to careers in business, crime and punishment, or other government or social institutions.

A major in Criminology prepares you to participate in graduate programs of sociology and criminal justice, as well as for careers in:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law enforcement
  • Victim advocacy
  • Mental health
  • The U.S. Department of Justice
  • The Secret Service
  • The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives)
  • Social work

Program Highlights

  • Major or minor option
  • Faculty-guided research project
  • Off-campus supervised internship program

Skills Learned

  • Socially observe and analyze criminal behavior
  • Understand the impact of crime on victims and communities and the manner by which offenders are held accountable for their actions
  • Increase understanding of the social institutions and social processes that influence criminal behaviors
  • Assess and undertake research in criminology
  • Practice and evaluate critically the application of criminological analysis to real-life settings

*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Legal occupations.