Criminology

As long as people break the law, our society will need criminologists.

If you have an insatiable curiosity, a strong sense of justice, and a desire to improve social conditions, a major in criminology will build on your natural abilities to prepare you for a fulfilling career. You will study all facets of crime—from the psychological motivations of criminals to the intricacies of law enforcement, prisons and parole systems—to fully understand the American criminal justice system and explore how to improve it.

Key Classes for Your Success

Substance Abuse


The abuse of alcohol and other drugs affects our society as a whole, as well as our criminal justice system. In this course, you will study addiction and addiction support groups, with an emphasis on the classification of drugs, models of addiction, and the impact of addiction on individuals, children, families, and culturally and ethnically diverse groups of people.

Corrections


In this course, you will be introduced to the correctional response to criminal behavior. Along with your classmates and professor, you will discuss the nature of punishment and issues involved in sentencing, incarceration, probation, parole, and capital punishment.

White Collar Crime


We’ve all seen news stories about executives who have embezzled funds, professionals who have committed fraud, or the abuse of power in healthcare, banking, government, insurance, or corporate industries. How does this happen, and what are the implications of corruption on a multimillion-dollar scale? In this course, you’ll explore these themes and more in an introduction to white collar crime.

One Degree That Opens All These Doors

Border Patrol Agent

$59,190

Paralegal

$47,340

Law Clerk

$45,220

Police Officer

$51,233

Child Welfare Specialist

$38,382

Correctional Counselor

$40,309

Corrections Officer

$39,072

Criminologist

$41,986

Deputy Sheriff

$44,830

Evidence Technician

$38,599

FBI Agent

$64,609

Lawyer

$83,328

Probation Officer

$41,830

Social Worker

$45,471

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