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
- Child services
- Insurance fraud
What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- 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
- Alexandra Police
- Correctional Officer (Fluvana Correctional Facility)