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Criminology Degree Returns to the University of Idaho in Summer ’20

September 17, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 16, 2019 — The University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences aims to meet a growing demand for criminal justice-related occupations by bringing back its degree in criminology.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs related to law enforcement, corrections and other justice-related occupations will grow by approximately 8% in the U.S. over the decade. Labor market growth in these jobs across the Gem State is projected to rise by 9.8% over the same timeframe, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

U of I previously offered a degree in justice studies and has offered a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a criminology emphasis since 2009. The university will start offering the Bachelor of Science in criminology to students beginning in summer 2020.

“As the historic home of crime and justice education, we are thrilled to be offering this high-demand degree,” said Brian Wolf, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. “Our amazing faculty will deliver a broad education and skills that employers are looking for.”

Bachelor of Science in criminology prepares students to enter a variety of high-demand occupations that are experiencing high levels of growth, including probation and correctional work, criminal investigation and police and sheriff patrol positions. Coursework includes exploring the factors that influence crime, including juvenile delinquency, social deviance, violent crime, white-collar crime and terrorism.

The criminology degree is one of six online bachelor’s degrees offered by U of I. The other five are communication, general studies, history, organizational sciences and psychology. 

“The online option will make a criminology degree available to students who want the quality of a University of Idaho education but are unable to attend classes in Moscow,” said Sean Quinlan, dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. “Our college is proud to be making a criminology degree – especially one with U of I’s stellar faculty, courses and community engagement opportunities – accessible to all Idahoans.”

Media Contacts

Brian Wolf
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Kathy Foss
Marketing and Communications Manager
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

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