Economic Crime Prevention and Investigation

Schewel Hall with skyOur economic crime prevention and investigation major (BA) and fraud investigation minor give you the specialized investigative skills you need to pursue a rewarding career. The major combines intensive study in criminal justice, accounting, economics, computer science, philosophy and psychology.

The 2010 Report to the Nations published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that global occupational fraud costs organizations $2.9 trillion annually.

A key component of our program is the opportunity to work closely with professors who have law enforcement and fraud investigation experience as well as relevant professional certifications.

What Will I Study?

This is an interdisciplinary program, meaning that you'll take classes from a variety of departments. Course subjects include accounting, fraud and white collar crime, computer forensics, ethics, economics, and psychology of law.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Demand for fraud investigators and forensic accountants greatly exceeds supply, giving you an edge in the job market. You'll be prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of fields, including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Corporate security management
  • Forensic accounting
  • Private consulting

What's Happening

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VIDEO: Dr. David Murphy talks about the economic crime prevention program.

I am sure that law enforcement agencies at all levels of government will be highly interested in young men and women with this background.
Captain Terry, Director of the Virginia State Police Academy