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The Criminology program will prepare you to study the frequency, location and causes of crime. You’ll learn how to collect data, analyze your findings and present policy recommendations. And the program will teach you the analytical, research and organizational skills needed to improve the criminal legal system for both victims and offenders.

In the program, you’ll learn about the processes and institutions of the criminal legal system. You’ll learn how law enforcement, courts, corrections and community organizations address crime in society. Through program coursework, you’ll be able to examine structural challenges, behavior patterns and criminal trends.

The Criminology degree provides you with a foundation for graduate work in law, social work, sociology, public policy and public health.

We offer the 3+3 BA/JD Program, which allows high-achieving first-year undergraduate students to be admitted simultaneously to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) and the College of Law (LAW). You’ll complete your first three years in LAS and your final three years in LAW.


Sample Courses:

  • Crime and the Media
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Introduction to the Criminal Legal System
  • Law Enforcement
  • Race, Class, Gender and the Criminal Legal System
  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Victimology

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • Community Justice
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Race, Class, Gender, and Justice

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Attorney
  • Correctional officer
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Judge
  • Mental health counselor
  • Police officer
  • Victim advocate

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