Criminology

Guest speaker and criminal profiler Kenneth Morris
Kenneth Morris, a criminal profiler for the Virginia State Police, visits a criminology class

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.

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