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What is Criminology?

Criminology is a broad and interdisciplinary field of study that promotes an understanding of crime and the criminal justice system and how they relate to human behavior, social environments, and government policy. Examples of topics studied in Criminology are below.

  • The causes and consequences of deviant and/or criminal behavior
  • The structure and functions of the criminal justice system
  • Societal and individual reactions to crimes and criminal justice processing
  • The spatial and geographical elements associated with crime and poverty
  • The dynamics of criminal justice policy making

Why Study Criminology?

You might like this program if:

  • you are interested in studying human behavior through an interdisciplinary lens;
  • you are fascinated with deviance and/or criminal behavior;
  • you would like to study the functioning of the criminal justice system;
  • you’re passionate about issues of social justice;
  • you would like to go to law school or graduate school; and/or
  • you want to pursue a career in policing, corrections or governmental organizations.

Potential Careers

There are opportunities for careers in criminology for everyone. Whether you like field work, working in a laboratory or working behind the scenes in research or administration, the chances are you'll find a rewarding career. Majoring in Criminology will prepare you for a wide array of criminal justice careers such as:

  • Law enforcement (local, state, and federal)
  • Corrections and rehabilitation
  • Research analysis
  • Governmental and non-governmental organizations

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A degree in Criminology is suitable for students seeking entry-level positions in the criminal justice system and for students interested in graduate and law school.

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