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Sociology: Criminology

The Science of Society and Crime

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.

As a sociology-criminology major, you will learn about the theories commonly used to explain crime and criminality. You will also develop skills important to employers in the fields of law, criminology and criminal justice.

This program could be a good fit if you: 

  • Are curious about the causes of crime
  • Are interested in criminal justice
  • Want use your knowledge and skill to prevent crime and victimization
  • Have a desire to help people
  • Have good writing and communication skills

With this degree, you could become a/an: 

  • Police officer
  • Crime analyst
  • Lawyer (with additional education)
  • Investigator
  • Correctional worker
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Counselor (with additional education)
  • Victim/witness advocate
  • Criminalist
  • Researcher
  • Federal law enforcement agent

Available Online and On-Campus

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