What do Criminology majors study?

Police Officer Talking Two Three Students in Brock Commons Meeting Room

Criminology majors/minors will:

  • explore the social nature of crime including the societal-level correlates and their effects on individual criminal behavior
  • investigate commonly used measures of crime to understand patterns and trends
  • learn about and critique various theoretical perspectives on crime
  • study the goals and effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System
  • engage in field studies or internships related to crime/law/corrections

What will Criminology majors experience?

The major includes an experiential requirement in which students must complete a field study, internship, or community-based learning course.

Students might intern for:

  • local police departments
  • courts, attorneys, or judges
  • corrections agencies
  • victim advocacy groups or foster care
  • organizations committed to human rights or social justice

What can you do with a major in Criminology?

The criminological study of crime is a broad approach that explores the social causes of crime and the consequences it has in various contexts and on individuals. This broad, liberal arts training allows students to pursue a host of diverse career opportunities. Possible career options include:

Law Enforcement

  • Local, state, or federal officer

Court Personnel

  • Victim advocate
  • Attorney

Adult or Juvenile Corrections

  • Officer
  • Case manager or probation officer
  • Prison Administration

Researcher/Data Analyst

  • Government, law enforcement, or independent agency