Why Criminology?

The Penn State Criminology Program consistently ranks in the top 10 programs in the United States. Majoring in Criminology will prepare you for a wide variety of criminal justice careers, law school or other graduate education programs.

At Penn State, we take a social science approach to the study of crime and the criminal justice system. Our curriculum conveys broad knowledge about crime, criminal justice, and social research methods.  The program promotes an understanding of crime and justice and how they are related to human behavior, social environments, and government policy.


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With over 500 majors, we are one of the largest undergraduate programs in the College of the Liberal Arts. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree. Students in both degrees gain knowledge of the criminal justice and legal systems as well as abilities to solve problems, think and read critically, and write effectively.

Criminology (CRIM) Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree allows students to pursue more traditional liberal arts courses by providing a breadth of knowledge in languages, arts, humanities, social sciences and other cultures.  

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Criminology (CRIM) Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree provides the opportunity for depth by allowing students to develop a stronger foundation in research methods, quantification, and the sciences as a basis for the study of crime and the criminal justice and legal systems.  

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