More About the Criminology Program

Criminology is, of course, the study of crime: how much of it occurs, who does it and why they do it. But it's more than this. The major gives you skills in quantitative research and opportunities for experiential learning through internships.

Criminology is also:

  • The study of the response of society to crime which examines
  • How and why societies label some activities as criminal
  • How informal systems of social control and formal criminal justice systems operate
  • The origin and effect of policy on crime

Recently criminologists have turned much attention to studying the victims of crimes.

An Interdisciplinary Major

Criminology as a discipline has been most influenced by sociology, and many of the courses are sociology courses. But other disciplines are important to criminology, too. For example, psychologists study the personalities of serial killers, historians document the history of penal institutions, and political scientists research the bureaucracies of criminal justice agencies.

The major includes courses from:

  • Sociology
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Political science
  • Philosophy
  • International relations
  • Modern languages

Liberal Arts Skills

You'll gain skills stressed by the liberal arts, which will help you to succeed in a variety of careers:

  • Exposure to cultural and historical diversity
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural literacy
  • Reading comprehension
  • Effective writing
  • Leadership skills