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Uncover the many layers of crime.
Why do people commit crime? What do communities and criminal justice agencies do to prevent and respond to crime? How should crime be punished?
In this program, you will delve deep into the causes of crime and how it's handled in our society. Classes explore topics like homicide, policing, terrorism, psychopathy and juvenile delinquency to help you understand criminal behavior and the factors that shape our criminal justice system. You’ll also build career skills through an internship at a nonprofit, criminal justice or governmental agency.
With a criminology degree, you might go on to a career in law enforcement, probation/parole, corrections, crime policy, investigations or victim advocacy. Law school or a graduate school could also be an option for you.
This program could be a good fit if you:
- Are curious why people commit crime
- Are interested in criminal justice
- Want to prevent crime and victimization
- Like to help people
- Are a strong writer and communicator
With this degree, you may become a/an:
- Detective or criminal investigator
- Police or sheriff's patrol officer
- Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor
- Probation officer or correctional treatment specialist
- Correctional officer or jailer
- Judicial law clerk
- Loss prevention manager
- Fraud examiner, investigator or analyst
- Criminal justice and law enforcement teacher, postsecondary
- Intelligence analyst
- Police identification and records officer
- First-line supervisor of police and detective
- Fire investigator
- Judge, magistrate judge or magistrate
Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A./B.S.