Are you curious about why people engage in crime? Do you want to know what strategies local communities and criminal justice agencies are using to prevent crime? In this program, you will study of the causes and consequences of crime. Coursework in criminology helps students develop an understanding of the factors that influence crime, the effectiveness of crime control policies, and the broader social, cultural, and political context of crime and justice. Students take a wide range of courses exploring crime and criminality, including juvenile delinquency, social deviance, violent crime, white collar crime, psychopathy, crime & social inequality, and terrorism. In addition, students examine the organization and impact of criminal justice agencies, such as policing, courts, law, and corrections. The goal of the program is to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of the complex social forces that shape crime and the criminal justice system.
- Currently offered as a B.A. or B.S. in sociology with an emphasis in criminology. The new B.S. in criminology will be offered beginning summer 2020.
- Complete the criminology degree either online or on the Moscow campus.
- Full-time, online students pay in-state tuition, regardless of location.
- Round out your studies with an optional certificate program in diversity and inclusion or a minor in justice studies.
- U of I’s 2+2 program allows students with a two-year associate degree to earn their bachelor’s degree in criminology in just two years.
- Participate in internships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, probation/parole, victim services, correctional agencies, and wide variety of other organizations.
- Work on research projects with faculty members, including projects focused on human rights, firearms policy, deviance, law and society, criminal justice policy and social crime in the media and terrorism issues.