Criminology

Students in Edinburgh, Scotland
Criminology students visited Edinburgh, Scotland during May of 2015 with Professor Dan Murphy.

Why do people commit crimes? How can crime be prevented? How should society treat criminals? These are some of the important and challenging questions a criminologist seeks to answer.

We offer both a major (BA) and minor in criminology.

What Will I Study?

People and societies are complex, so it’s no wonder that courses come from a variety of subjects: sociology, history, psychology, political science, and international relations.

Criminology majors complete a senior research project using what they’ve learned over the course of their studies.

Criminology students have visited Edinburgh, Scotland as part of CRIM 377 Comparative Criminology since 2005. The bi-annual trip allows students to learn the similarities and differences in the US and UK Criminal Justice Systems.

What Kind of Job Can I Get?

Careers for criminology students often include jobs in:

  • Police departments: officer or detective
  • Penal systems: corrections or parole officers
  • Law: lawyer, paralegal, or judge
  • Federal agencies
  • Cyber-crime
  • Child services
  • Insurance fraud
  • Immigration

What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?

  • Lieutenant, Coastal International Security
  • Empowerment Evaluator, Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence
  • Client Service Representative, CFA Institute
  • Police Officer, Lynchburg Police Department
  • Child Advocate, WYCA
  • Security Officer, International Government Services
  • Deputy Sheriff, Campbell County