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:
- Federal Agent
- Criminal Investigator/Detective
- Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff/State Trooper
- Intelligence Officer/Intelligence Analyst
- Criminal Analyst
- Crime Scene Officer/Technician
- Federal or State Probation and Parole Officer
- Park Ranger
- Fish and Game Officer
- Animal Control Officer
- Corrections Officer
- Non-Governmental Organization (NGO): Program Implementation, Investigator, and Security
- Victim Advocate/Witness Coordinator
- Juvenile Worker/Domestic Violence Worker
- Consumer Advocate
- Child Protective Services
- Social Services Investigator
- Para Legal
- Probation and Parole Officer
- Commercial Loss Prevention
- Insurance Investigator
- Evidence Custodian
- Rehab Workers
- Security Officer
- Cyber Crime Investigator
- Graduate School or Law School
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)
Officer Taylor Clark
Richmond Virginia Police Department
Bedford County, VA Sheriff’s Office
U.S. Secret Service
Virginia State Police
Maryland Natural Resource Officer
U.S. Border Patrol
Communications Officer for Henrico County, VA Police Department
Alexandria Virginia Police Department
Department of Defense - Federal Law Enforcement Officer
Bedford, Virginia Police Department
Amherst County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office
Department of the Treasury Intelligence Research Analyst
National Security Agency (NSA)
National Background Investigation Bureau
Virginia Department of Magistrate Services
YMCA Lethality Assessment Program Coordinator
Roanoke City, VA Schools
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Margot Holland, Executive Assistant
ODU Criminal Justice PH.D. program
Background Investigatory, CACI International Inc.
IP Keys Technology