Department of Criminology students examine criminal law and social order to understand the causes of crime and criminal behavior.
Criminology is a diverse field grounded in philosophy, which searches for answers to why people commit crimes, or whether there is such a thing as a born killer.
Criminology strives to understand the nature of crime and society, and the theoretical underpinnings that guide how people are punished, controlled or rehabilitated. The curriculum allows you to learn about the Criminological perspective, and gives you an understanding of the theoretical perspectives of the field.
Students who successfully complete the criminology major will be able to:
- Define, explain, and use the correct terminology applicable to the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice
- Demonstrate an understanding of the components and functions of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections)
- Articulate the historical development of key issues, policies, and practices in criminology and criminal justice.
- Demonstrate the ability to research and analyze crime data
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the link between theoretical foundations of crime and the development of crime policy
- Understand the ethical and social justice implications of criminology and social justice inquiry
Graduates of criminology are well prepared for careers in:
- Law enforcement
- Criminal investigation
- Substance abuse counseling
- Youth counseling
- Crime analysis
- Security management
- Public administration
- Graduate studies in law, criminal justice, forensic science and more
Chair, Assistant Professor