Criminology, Law, and Justice

Starting in the Fall 2016 semester, students will be able to major in Criminology, Law, and Justice. 

Criminology is the scientific study of the causes, consequences, prevention, and control of crime. Knowledge gained from the scientific study of crime and criminal justice serves as the foundation for public policies and programs that improve the quality of life and promote social justice.

Criminal Justice is concerned with the study of all aspects of crime and societal reactions to crime. Examining political, economic, and cultural patterns that shape definitions of crime and influence the policy choices about how to respond to certain criminal and deviant behaviors is central to this discipline.

Students who earn a degree in Criminology or Criminal Justice should possess a skill set that allows them to pursue a variety of fields. Some examples include:

  • Law Enforcement/Policing
  • Graduate School in Criminology, Public Policy, Psychology, Anthropology, etc.
  • Law School
  • Newspaper Analyst
  • Probation Officers
  • Correctional Officers
  • Data Analysts
  • Government Agency Analyst

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the causes and consequences of crime at the micro and macro levels and match these with prominent criminological perspectives. 
  • Describe the interrelated institutions and processes of the criminal justice system and legal systems.
  • Apply theories of crime, legal systems and criminal justice systems to explain actual and hypothetical scenarios, behaviors, and trends.
  • Understand the role of formal law in advanced democracies
  • Explain the various social science methods of inquiry and use these to test specific criminological research questions.
  • Recognize and explain social inequities in crime and criminal justice processes by race, social class, gender, region and age.
  • Be able to evaluate the effectiveness of policy interventions for altering social behavior including those deemed illegal or harmful.