Criminal Justice and Criminology (CJCR) (2023)

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Associate Professor: Richmond (Chair)
Assistant Professors: Lopez-Medina, Yingling
Instructors: Robbins

  • Majors: Criminal Justice, Criminology
  • Courses required: 11
  • Math prerequisite (not counted in major) for Criminal Justice: a statistics course of at least 3 credits
  • Capstone requirement for Criminal Justice: CJCR 441
  • Capstone requirement for Criminology: CJCR 445
  • Minor: Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice and Criminology majors are interdisciplinary social science majors. Course work leading to the baccalaureate degree in criminal justice emphasizes critical and in-depth interdisciplinary analysis of the causes of crime, of formal and informal efforts at preventing and controlling crime, and of treatment of the field of criminal justice as an applied social science where students are taught to integrate theory construction with practical application. The Criminal Justice major offers opportunities for internship and practicum experiences in the field and prepares students for careers in law enforcement, court services, institutional and community-based corrections, treatment and counseling services, and for further education at the graduate level. The Criminal Justice major also prepares students for policy analysis and leadership roles in their communities. Course work leading to the baccalaureate degree in Criminology is designed to critically examine the etiology of crime and to provide strong theoretical and methodological foundations for graduate-level work. Students may not double major in criminal justice and criminology.

Criminal Justice

Major Requirements

The major in Criminal Justice consists of 11 courses, distributed as follows:

A. Required Core Courses (six courses):

    • CJCR 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJCR 247 Victimology
    • CJCR 300 Criminology
    • CJCR 343 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    • CJCR 441 Crime Prevention and Policy
    • PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology

B. Foundations of Justice (select one course):

    • CJCR 210 Introduction to Administration of Justice
    • CJCR 211 Ethics in Criminal Justice
    • PHIL 318 Philosophical Issues in Criminal Justice

C. Criminal Justice System Domains (select one course):

    • CJCR 201 Policing and Society
    • CJCR 203 Correctional Policy
    • CJCR 204 Youth, Deviance, and Social Control
    • CJCR 240 Community-Based Corrections
    • CJCR 243 Courts and Sentencing Policy

D. Crime, Delinquency, and Law Electives(select two courses; it is highly recommended that students take either PSCI 231 or SOC 305):

    • CJCR 212 Reentry and Desistance
    • CJCR 213 Justice in Popular Culture and Media
    • CJCR 321 Gangs, Communities, and Violence
    • CJCR 322 Drugs and Society
    • CJCR 323 Human Trafficking
    • CJCR 324 Domestic Violence
    • CJCR 325 Juvenile Delinquency
    • CJCR 345 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
    • PSCI 231 Law in America
    • SOC 305 Sociology of Law

E. Diverse Communities (select one course):

    • CJCR 334 — Race, Class, Gender, and Crime
    • CJCR 346 — Comparative Criminal Justice
    • SOC 240 — Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
    • SOC 241 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
    • SOC 334 — American Immigration

Capstone Requirement

All majors must successfully complete CJCR 441 Crime Prevention and Policy

Diversity and Writing Courses

The following courses satisfy the Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement: CJCR 321, 324, and 334. The following courses satisfy the Global Cultural Diversity Requirement: CJCR 323 and 346. A list ofcourses that, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement, can be found on the Registrar’s websiteand in theGENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS section of thecatalog.

Minor Requirements

A minor in criminal justice consists of five courses: CJCR 100, CJCR 300, and three additional CJCR courses.

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Criminology

Major Requirements

The major in Criminology consists of 12 courses, distributed as follows:

A. Required Core Courses (eight courses):

    • CJCR 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJCR 247 Victimology
    • CJCR 300 Criminology
    • CJCR 334 Race, Class, Gender, and Crime
    • CJCR 343 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    • CJCR 445 Applied Research Methods in Criminology
    • MATH 214 Multivariable Statistics
    • SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology

B. Critical Analysis Electives (select two courses):

    • CJCR 325 Juvenile Delinquency
    • CJCR 346 Comparative Criminal Justice
    • CJCR 360 Analysis of Crime Patterns
    • PHIL 318 Philosophical Issues in Criminal Justice
    • SOC 305 Sociology of Law

C. Topical Course Electives (select two courses, at least one must
have a CJCR prefix.)):

    • CJCR 201 Policing and Society
    • CJCR 203 Correctional Policy
    • CJCR 204 Youth, Deviance, and Social Control
    • CJCR 212 Reentry and Desistence
    • CJCR 213 Justice in Popular Media and Culture
    • CJCR 240 Community-Based Corrections
    • CJCR 243 Courts and Sentencing Policy
    • CJCR 321 Gangs, Communities, and Violence
    • CJCR 322 Drugs and Society
    • CJCR 323 Human Trafficking
    • CJCR 324 Domestic Violence
    • CJCR 345 Special Topics
    • ECON 224 Urban Economics
    • HIST 230 African American History
    • PSCI 220 Public Policy in America
    • PSCI 231 Law in America
    • PSCI 242 Human Rights
    • PSCI 362 Terrorism
    • PSY 310 Forensic Psychology
    • SOC 325 Program Evaluation and Grant Writing
    • SOC 334 American Immigration

Capstone Requirement

All majors must successfully complete CJCR 445 Applied Research Methods in Criminology

Diversity and Writing Courses

The following course satisfies the Domestic Cultural Diversity requirement: CJCR 334. The following course satisfies the Global Cultural Diversity Requirement: CJCR 346. A list ofcourses that, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement, can be found on the Registrar’s websiteand in theGENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS section of thecatalog.

100
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Explores the role of law enforcement, courts, and corrections in the administration of justice; the development of police, courts, and corrections; the scope and nature of crime in America; introduction to the studies, literature, and research in criminal justice; basic criminological theories; and careers in criminal justice.

201
POLICING AND SOCIETY
Who are the police and what is policing? Exploration of these questions provides a context for critical inquiry of contemporary law enforcement in the United States. Attention is given to law enforcement purposes and strategies, the work force and work environment, and why sworn officers do what they do. Emphasis is also placed on being policed and policing the police. Treatment of these issues enables exploration of basic and applied questions about the projection of state power in community relations, including those related to homeland security. Prerequisite: CJCR 100.

203
CORRECTIONAL POLICY
Presents an overview of offenders, punishment, correctional ideologies, and societal reaction to crime. Examines the historical and philosophical development of the correctional system. The primary emphasis is on critical analysis of contemporary correctional programming for adult and juvenile offenders in the United States. Other social issues and structures directly related to corrections are explored. Prerequisite: CJCR 100.

204
YOUTH, DEVIANCE, AND SOCIAL CONTROL
Provides the student with a general understanding of juvenile deviance and state processes intended to interrupt youth deviance and juvenile delinquency, particularly in the juvenile justice system. Explores historical perspectives, deviant juvenile subculture, underlying philosophies, the formal processes and organization of juvenile justice systems, promising prevention/treatment approaches, and juvenile probation practices. Students are asked to think critically and offer solutions or strategies to a range of dilemmas confronting the juvenile justice system, including the transfer of juveniles to adult status and the movement to privatize juvenile justice services. Prerequisite: CJCR 100.

210
INTRODUCTION TO ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Provides a study of the history, characteristics and philosophy of the system of administration of criminal justice in the United States.This course identifies unique challenges to administrators of criminal justice organizations. The structures, functions, and processes in the administration of criminal justice organizations are also examined. Topics include a variety of public management theories, the role of leadership, and communication as it relates to criminal justice organizations.This course connects academics to practice, examining best practices, challenges encountered in the public sector and how capacity-building is accomplished.While the justice structure and process are examined in a cross-cultural context, emphasis is placed on the U. S. justice system, particularly the structure and function of the police, probation/parole, courts and corrections. Prerequisite: CJCR 100

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211
ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Professional ethics are essential to the proper functioning of the criminal justice system. Brutality, misconduct, corruption, abuse of power, deviance, and dishonesty undermine the public’s trust in the ability of the criminal justice system to address criminal behavior and protect victims. This applied ethics course evaluates professional ethical dilemmas throughout the criminal justice system with the goal of reducing justice errors. Students use the standards set by various criminal justice professions and an ethics framework to address common issues met by criminal justice practitioners. It also explores the roles of professional organizations, laws, and oversight in responding to ethics violations and setting up ethical policy and procedure. Prerequisite: CJCR 100

212
REENTRY AND DESISTANCE
What is the experience of returning home like for individuals who have served a period of incarceration? How do they face the challenges and barriers of transitioning back into the community, such as finding a job, reconnecting with their family, and staying sober? Contrary to public perception, ninety to ninety-five percent of individuals who are sentenced to prison are released.And yet, within three years, over half are reincarcerated.In recent years, more attention has been paid to the reintegration process and how the challenges individuals experience impact their ability to be successful upon release. This course discusses the experience of reintegration from the individual, family, and community perspective.

213
JUSTICE IN POPULAR CULTURE AND MEDIA
The public often learns about the justice system through television, film, newspaper, and the internet. Society has long been fascinated with criminality and those who respond to crime. Given the prevalence of conflicting media and popular culture viewpoints, this course examines the social construction of crime and justice, the framers of these narratives, and the consequences of that social construction. This course explores the sources of public attitudes towards crime and justice and its effect on actual and perceived crime and policy. Topics include understanding the intersection of crime, media, and politics as related to moral panics, consumer and ideological culture, the social construction of criminals and victims, and local and national policies.

240
COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS
An in-depth study of community-based correction programs, with emphasis on the role of probation and parole and their impact on the offender, the criminal justice system, and society. Particular attention is given to advancements in technologies used to monitor and track offenders within the community, prison overcrowding, re-entry programs, officer discretion and ethics, and the role of specialized treatment courts. Prerequisite: CJCR 100.

243
COURTS AND SENTENCING POLICY
Examines the role of municipal, state, and federal courts in the American criminal justice system. Many important steps in the processing of criminal cases involve the courts or courtroom actors, including arrest, booking, charging, arraignment, trial, sentencing, and appeal. Considers the responsibilities and constraints of the courts and courtroom actors in each of these steps. The ideal American criminal court is a site where society’s desire for punishment is tempered by its obligation to protect the rights of those accused of crime. This course examines the historical evolution of this ideal and considers the degree to which modern American courts have been able to achieve it. Additional topics may include the use of courts to affect change in other components of the criminal justice system (e.g., police, prisons) and the emerging trend of “specialized” courts (e.g., drug courts). Prerequisite: CJCR 100.

247
VICTIMOLOGY
Examines victimization in the United States through an overview of the history and theory of victimology, an analysis of trends and patterns with a special emphasis on types of victims and crimes, and an exploration of the effects of criminal victimization on individuals and society. The role of the victim within the criminal justice system as well as responses to victimization will also be considered with respect to services and policies for supporting victims of crime.Prerequisite: CJCR 100.

300
CRIMINOLOGY
Analysis of the sociology of law; conditions under which criminal laws develop; etiology of crime; epidemiology of crime, including explanation of statistical distribution of criminal behavior in terms of time, space, and social location. Prerequisite: CJCR 100 or SOC 110.

321
GANGS, COMMUNITIES, AND VIOLENCE
There is a complex relationship between violence and criminal behavior within the community. It is therefore important to conceptualize and examine crime and delinquency at the group-level. This course examines gang history, theory, measurement, and research and emphasizes gang formation, identity, characteristics, composition, and violence. Topics focus on contemporary juvenile street gangs and other organized criminal groups and contrast them with other less cohesive violent groups. The course also explores the preventative and deterrent strategies that communities use in response to violent behavior. This includes multidisciplinary responses in both the public and private sectors that address violence locally and internationally.Fulfills Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement.

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322
DRUGS AND SOCIETY
An examination of drug use and the social construction of drug policies. Possible topics of discussion include: the methods used to study patterns of drug use and theories of drug abuse, histories, pharmacologies, and patterns associated with the most popular drugs in modern society. Other possible topics include the social control of drugs and the connections between drugs and crime, among other current, political issues, including the causes and consequences of modern U.S. drug policies, the War on Drugs, and the legalization of marijuana. This course examines international drug policies, media reports on drug related issues, and recent/emerging drug policies.

323
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Designed to help students gain a better understanding of contemporary human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Students learn important terminology in this field, the different types of human trafficking that exist and an understanding of the scope of the problem, both domestically and globally. Possible topics include the physical, emotional, and psychological trauma experienced by victims of human trafficking and the methods used to recruit and control victims. The roles that entities such as government, the media, faith-based organizations, organized crime, and culture play in this complex issue are also explored. Pre-requisite:CJCR 100. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.

324
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Focuses on intimate partner violence which includes physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse within a relationship.Possible topics of discussion include the critical examination of different approaches and definitions of domestic violence to understand how they impact statistics.This course examines what intimate partner violence looks like against women and men, including LGBTQ victims, and the different ways these victims are treated within the criminal justice system.Topics include intimate partner homicide, child abuse, elder abuse, alcohol, and firearms.Possible topics of discussion may also include intimate partner violence from the perspective of criminal justice system actors, including law enforcement, prosecutors, sexual assault nurse examiners and domestic violence shelters and the roles they play in assisting victims and holding offenders accountable. Prerequisite: CJCR 100

325
JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
Examines the historical development of juvenile delinquency, the causes of delinquency, how society treats young people who break the law, and rates of juvenile delinquency. Students explore criminological and sociological theories related to deviance.Particular attention is paid to the role of family, the school, and peer groups in promoting delinquency.Prevention and rehabilitation are examined and situated within each institution.Current events, including school shootings, law enforcement in schools, bullying, and substance use, are also discussed.This class centers intersectionality in the discussion of what acts are viewed as delinquent, who is considered delinquent, and what happens to juveniles accused of delinquency.Prerequisite: CJCR 100.Fulfills Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement.

334
RACE, CLASS, GENDER, AND CRIME
Provides a theoretical and practical exploration of the link between gender, race, class, and criminal justice practices. Focuses on the link between masculinity and violent behavior, exploring factors influencing aggressive behavior among men. Also focuses on women in the criminal justice system, exploring the nature and extent of criminal offending among women, including interactions of women as offenders and workers within the criminal justice system. Finally, utilizes a critical stance while exploring aspects of race and class pertaining to victimology, criminology, and justice processing. Prerequisites: CJCR 100 and 300. Fulfills Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement.

343
RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Students learn social science methods, research design and implementation, and evaluation of contemporary research in criminal justice. Topics covered include the logic of causal order, sampling theory, qualitative and quantitative design, data collection, proper analysis of data, and basic statistical selection and calculation. Emphasis is placed on understanding social science research and on communicating research in writing. Prerequisite: CJCR 300 and a statistics course of at least 3 credits.

345
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
A seminar for advanced students offered in response to student request and faculty interest. Sample topics include the death penalty, hate crimes, civil liability in criminal justice, justice in the media, environmental crime, etc. May be repeated for credit with consent of chair when topics are different. Prerequisite: CJCR 100 and one other CJCR course.

346
COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
National criminal justice systems are rooted in each country's particular legal system and traditions.After reviewing the major legal systems, this course examines criminal justice systems representative of each legal system. The elements of criminal justice systems (policing, prosecution, the judiciary, and corrections) are compared across several countries, but with special emphasis placed on comparisons to the United States. Prerequisites: CJCR 100 and one other CJCR course. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.

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360
ANAYLYSIS OF CRIME PATTERNS
Why are crimes and other social problems concentrated in certain locations? This course tries to answer this question by exploring environmental criminology theories of how the built environment shapes human behavior. This theoretical and analytic approach tries to explain the criminogenic features of the community that lead to crime and the fear of crime. Rather than asking why an individual is more likely to commit a crime, environmental criminology attempts to explain why a place is more likely to experience crime. Multiple research methods are used to explore the connections between criminal behavior and the physical environment. Prerequisites: CJCR 100 and one other CJCR course

441
CRIME PREVENTION AND POLICY
Crime prevention measures may reduce crime through altering offenders’ motivations to commit crime or restricting offenders’ opportunities to commit crime. Evaluations of crime prevention policies and programs are reviewed to determine what works, what does not, and why. In addition to the criminal justice system’s ability to prevent crime, the impact of families, schools, communities, and broader economic and social policies on offending is critically examined. Prerequisites: Senior status, CJCR 300, and CJCR 343.

445
APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINOLOGY
Provides students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical and research skills they have obtained through thecriminologymajor by completing an independent research study. Topics are selected by individual students and prior researchisexamined to develop an original research question to explore. An appropriate methodology, such as surveys, qualitative interviews, experimental design, secondary data analysis, or program evaluation, is chosen. Upon completion of the data collection and analysis, a formal research paper is written and presented.  PrerequisiteS: Senior status, CJCR 343, and MATH 214.

448, 449
CRIMINAL JUSTICE PRACTICUM
Students are placed with criminal justice agencies, providing opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in an organizational setting, encouraging development of professional skills, helping students identify and clarify career interests, and providing opportunities to conduct hands-on field research. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status and successful completion of the CJCR Department’s practicum application.

470
INTERNSHIP

N80-N89
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Represents an opportunity to pursue specific interests and topics not usually covered in regular courses. Through a program of readings and tutorials, the student has the opportunity to pursue these interests and topics in greater depth than is usually possible in a regular course. Prerequisite: CJCR 100 and consent of chair.

N90
INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

FAQs

Is criminal justice and Criminology a good degree? ›

Criminal Justice and Criminology is recognised by Skills for Justice (the skills and standard-setting body for the justice sector) as providing education of outstanding quality and relevance. You gain the skills needed for careers in the criminal justice professions in the public and private sectors.

What is criminology and criminal justice? ›

While criminal justice studies the law enforcement system and operations, criminology focuses on the sociological and psychological behaviors of criminals to determine why they commit crimes.

What can I do with a criminology and criminal psychology degree? ›

The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs. Graduates of this course have gone on to careers with the National Offender Management Service, the Police, Probation Service, Prison Service, court systems and forensic services.

What are the 6 major areas in studying criminology? ›

The course covers the six areas of concentration, such as Criminal Law and Jurisprudence, Law Enforcement Administration, Forensics/Criminalistics, Crime Detection and Investigation, Sociology of Crimes and Ethics, and Correctional Administration.

Is criminology a high paying job? ›

Criminologists are among the highest paying criminal justice careers on our list. Earning an average annual wage of $92,910, criminologists have the potential to make even more after a few years of experience. According to BLS, these types of criminal justice professionals are considered sociologists.

Can I be a lawyer with a criminology degree? ›

Studying this balanced combination of law and criminology means that you have a great choice of career options to choose from. Not only could you continue your studies to become a qualified lawyer, but you can consider careers in politics, journalism, business or criminal investigation and analysis.

Is studying criminology hard? ›

Difficult Academic Requirements

The academic training of a criminologist is rigorous, according to "The Princeton Review." Entry-level criminologist jobs require a minimum of a bachelor's degree, usually in sociology, psychology or criminology.

Is criminal justice a good course? ›

Criminal justice is a demanding career requiring exceptional skills and knowledge. This programme is directed at criminal law practitioners such as lawyers, forensic and police investigators; public policing as well as the private security industry.

Is criminology good to study? ›

Why is criminology important? There are several reasons that explain importance of why criminology is important: Reduction in crime: Criminology helps society understand, control, and reduce crime. Studying crime helps discover and analyse its causes, which can be used towards crime reduction policies and initiatives.

Do criminologists carry guns? ›

work in forensic sciences and crime scene investigation – I would recommend a degree in Criminal Justice with a Forensics concentration, or a degree specifically in Forensic Science. work as a correction officer – usually no gun is “required”, but gun training may be imposed.

Where do Criminologists work? ›

Employment
  • government departments.
  • tertiary institutions, universities as academics and researchers.
  • department of justice, as research officers and advisers on policy, law reform, juvenile justice, crime statistics and adult correction.
  • police departments, courts, corrective institutions.
  • private welfare agencies.

Which is better criminology or criminal psychology? ›

Criminology and criminal psychology are different branches of study under the law of crime. They are often confused together, however, both have a huge variation. Criminology is the study of crime and its impact and criminal psychology is the study of the human psyche which influences humans to commit crimes.

How many years is a criminology course? ›

How long does it take to major in criminology? The short answer is a full-time student will finish a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in four years.

What are 3 criminology branches? ›

This relatively young field of study has three principal divisions: (1) the sociology of law, which examines how laws are made and enforced; (2) criminal etiology, which studies the causes of crime; and (3) penology, which addresses society's response to crime and includes the study of the criminal justice system.

What subjects are best for criminology? ›

Common subjects to study alongside criminology include: sociology; psychology; social policy; and law. Think carefully about your future career aspirations before making a decision.

What can I work after criminology? ›

Criminology is a collective of various subjects and is an expanding field. Graduates can work in NGOs or social organizations that deal with crimes. They can also work for the government in departments that include the judiciary, social reform, or with the police.

What is a criminologist do? ›

Criminologists collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data surrounding crime, ultimately providing insights and solutions to prevent crime in a community. Criminologists work closely with the police and policymakers to offer suggestions on policing strategies and proactive policing.

Where is the best place to study criminology? ›

Best Universities For Criminology
  • University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FLA.
  • Griffith University, Australia.
  • University of Sydney, Institute of Criminology.
  • Victoria University of Wellington, School of Social and Cultural Studies.
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Do criminal lawyers need math? ›

Lawyers often have to analyze large amounts of complex numerical data, such as statistics and financial records. Therefore, mathematics is an important aspect of the job, as the skills you acquire when learning how to solve math problems are usually transferrable to several aspects of the law.

What are the benefits of criminology? ›

Their knowledge helps them to work directly with people, such as in counseling or therapy environments, who may be considered a high risk for causing crime. Criminologists offer the ability to analyze these demographics and trends to help create public awareness and to develop crime prevention programs.

Do police work with criminologists? ›

In government public services, Criminologists are employed as personnel in the criminal justice system. They are appointed to the PNP, NBI, PDEA and other Law Enforcement Agencies or as Jail or Correction Officers or the Fire Safety and Protection ranks.

Do you do math in criminology? ›

The major also includes research-related classes, so prospective criminology majors should be prepared to take math courses, particularly in statistics, calculus and data analytics.

Is there any math in criminology? ›

Criminology depends heavily on the use of statistics, which is a branch of mathematics. Criminologists need to examine numerical data related to such things as the number of crimes committed, homicide rates, incarceration rates, and age distribution of criminals.

Is there maths in criminology? ›

Some criminology courses will ask for a maths GCSE but there are usually no specific A-levels (or equivalent) required. But sociology or psychology A-levels may help your application. Read more about criminology entry requirements.

Does criminal justice require a lot of math? ›

Math: The level of math for Criminal Justice is at least 1 year of algebra, with strong emphasis on basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as understanding the principals of triangulation, ratios, and speed distance calculations.

How can I be successful in criminal justice? ›

5 Tips for a Successful Criminal Justice Career
  1. Be continuously learning and developing. ...
  2. Value ethics, honesty and integrity above all else. ...
  3. Ensure you have strong legal knowledge. ...
  4. Stay compassionate, but avoid compassion fatigue. ...
  5. Hone your writing skills.

Why do people study criminal justice? ›

A career in criminal justice is a great way to give back to your community. The field is full of jobs that help others; from law enforcement to working in the court system, you're protecting people from criminal activity, helping crime victims and ensuring justice for them and society.

What do criminology students do? ›

They are concerned with what causes criminal behavior and possible ways to prevent it from happening. Criminologists research individual criminal behaviors and the end effect of this behavior on society as a whole. Criminology majors also study psychology, criminal law, and law enforcement statistics.

Can I study criminology without mathematics? ›

Due to the variety of topics studied in criminology, its among what course can I study without literature and mathematics. researchers need different methods to deal with different topics. Since there are topics that require arithmetic or writing skills, criminology can be studied with literature and mathematics.

What grades do you need for criminology? ›

What are the entry requirements? You will need five GCSEs grade 5 (C) or above including maths and English language, or a BTEC in a relevant subject with distinction grades and GCSE maths and English grade 5 or above.

What is a criminologist called? ›

What is a Criminologist? A criminologist is a sociology expert who specializes in the study of criminal behavior, thought, and motive. Relying heavily on this subsection of sociologists to help profile, catch, and prosecute criminals, criminologists are vital to the criminal justice system.

Do criminologists work in prisons? ›

Some criminology majors enter careers in corrections, supervising jail and prison inmates or administering correctional facilities.

What do criminologists do in a day? ›

A day in the life of a criminologist includes interviews with victims, perpetrators, investigators and others with knowledge about crime or societal factors influencing the behaviors. You'll read many investigative notes or academic journals dealing with behavioral science.

Is criminology in high demand? ›

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), career opportunities for sociologists, including criminologists, were expected to increase 15% from 2012-2022, which is considered faster than average job growth.

Is criminologist a government job? ›

Areas of Recruitment for BA Criminology

Government and Private Forensic Science Laboratories. CBI ( Central Bureau of Investigation ) RAW ( Research and Analysis Wing )

Is criminology a real degree? ›

Criminology is a mix of psychology and sociology, applied to the examination of crime and the patterns of crime. You'll explore why people offend, crime prevention and how the media shape our understanding of crime when studying a criminology degree.

What job in criminology makes the most money? ›

Jobs are presented in order of average income, according to current Payscale data.
  • Immigrations and Customs Inspectors. ...
  • Forensic Accountants and Financial Examiners. ...
  • College Professor. ...
  • Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators. ...
  • Fire Inspectors and Investigators. ...
  • Forensic Science Technicians. ...
  • Fish and Game Wardens.

Should I study criminal justice or psychology? ›

Criminal justice majors tend to work more in law enforcement and prevention, while psychology majors focus on the psychological precursors to or after effects of crime. There are benefits to each type of major and the related jobs, so deciding between the majors may come down to personal preference.

Where do criminal psychologists get paid the most? ›

What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Criminal Psychologist Jobs
CityAnnual SalaryWeekly Pay
Washington, DC$103,178$1,984
Aristocrat Ranchettes, CO$102,384$1,968
Los Angeles, CA$101,621$1,954
Brownsboro, TX$101,502$1,951
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Does criminology have age limit? ›

Criminology Board Exam Eligibility Requirements: Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Criminology/ Master of Criminology from a PRC-recognized institution. At least 18 years old.

How do I get a job in criminology? ›

You'll need:
  1. knowledge of sociology and anthropology for understanding society and culture.
  2. excellent written communication skills.
  3. knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses.
  4. analytical thinking skills.
  5. maths knowledge.
  6. to be thorough and pay attention to detail.
  7. the ability to understand people's reactions.

What do you call a criminology student? ›

A graduate of BS in Criminology who passed the Criminologist Licensure Examination is called a Criminologist.

Who is the father of criminology? ›

The father of modern criminology was Cesare Lombroso.

What jobs can you get with criminology Level 3? ›

Job options
  • Civil service administrator.
  • Community development worker.
  • Crime scene investigator.
  • Detective.
  • Police officer.
  • Prison officer.
  • Probation officer.
  • Social worker.

What is criminology course? ›

Bachelor of Science in Criminology

The BS Criminology program is a four-year course that is geared towards careers in police administration, corrections, scientific crime detection, jail management and penology, fire protection and industrial security.

What math class do I need for criminology? ›

In addition to the general education requirements in mathematics required by the undergraduate institution, criminal justice majors may be required to take a course in introductory calculus. Calculus is the study of change, and is a beneficial field of mathematics for understanding evidence and criminology.

What books do I need to study criminology? ›

However, it is a good idea to check out general criminology textbooks that cover everything briefly, for example The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, Tim Newburn's Key Readings on Criminology, Criminology, and Handbook of Policing, any Criminology Justice Books, John Muncies' Youth Crime etc.

Is a degree in criminology worth it? ›

Many people might consider criminology to be a good career choice because of the variety of career paths available to criminology professionals. There are positions for individuals at varying levels of education, and a criminology degree can enhance your chances of advancement in your chosen field.

Is criminal justice and criminology hard? ›

Difficult Academic Requirements

The academic training of a criminologist is rigorous, according to "The Princeton Review." Entry-level criminologist jobs require a minimum of a bachelor's degree, usually in sociology, psychology or criminology.

Is criminology a respected degree? ›

Why is criminology important? There are several reasons that explain importance of why criminology is important: Reduction in crime: Criminology helps society understand, control, and reduce crime. Studying crime helps discover and analyse its causes, which can be used towards crime reduction policies and initiatives.

Can you get into the FBI with a criminology degree? ›

Yes, there are education requirements to join the FBI. You must have a bachelor's degree to join the FBI as an agent, though there's no specification on what your major must be. That said, a major in a field like criminal justice or computer technology can be extremely useful in your role at the FBI.

What field of criminology makes the most money? ›

Jobs are presented in order of average income, according to current Payscale data.
  1. Forensic Psychologists. ...
  2. Police Identification and Records Officers (Crime Scene Evidence Technician) ...
  3. Criminologists and Sociologists. ...
  4. Immigrations and Customs Inspectors. ...
  5. Forensic Accountants and Financial Examiners. ...
  6. College Professor.

What degree is best for criminology? ›

Criminology undergraduate degrees may be offered as either Bachelor of Arts or Science, letting you decide. Additionally, some programs allow you to select an emphasis area like juvenile delinquency, criminal justice, cyber criminology, psychology, and more.

How long does a criminology degree last? ›

The UNSW Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice is a three-year full-time, or six-year part-time equivalent, undergraduate degree designed to critically explore the causes of crime, deviance, criminal behaviour, social control and the legal system.

Does criminal justice have a lot of math? ›

Math: The level of math for Criminal Justice is at least 1 year of algebra, with strong emphasis on basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as understanding the principals of triangulation, ratios, and speed distance calculations.

Is there a lot of math in criminology? ›

The major also includes research-related classes, so prospective criminology majors should be prepared to take math courses, particularly in statistics, calculus and data analytics.

Does criminal justice require math? ›

The Criminal Justice Management major does not require any additional math courses beyond your General Education math course.

Is criminology high in demand? ›

The future job outlook of criminologists is positive due to the continuing demand for professionals in the field. Local and federal law enforcement agencies often post openings for criminology jobs to augment the need for more professionals in different locations.

Why is criminology a good career? ›

Criminal justice careers give you the ability to play to your strengths and use your specific skills for a greater good, whether through helping victims of crime as a victims' advocate, helping profile criminals as a forensic psychologist, or overseeing the progress of someone on parole or probation, as a probation, ...

Should I get a BS or BA in criminology? ›

A BS in criminal justice is typically a more precise, technical program than the broader BA degree. Courses in a BS might explore policing in the U.S., the American correctional system, and technology in criminal justice, while BA curricula cover topics like criminology, white-collar crime, and juvenile delinquency.

What age can you not join FBI? ›

You must be at least 23 years old at the time of your appointment. You must also be younger than 37, unless you qualify for an age waiver available to veterans. See our qualification requirements webpage for more information on what it takes to become a special agent.

What GPA do you need to get into FBI? ›

The minimum FBI education requirement is a bachelor's degree. Many agents possess master's degrees or higher, especially those working in leadership and technical positions. While some employers may skim over a GPA, the FBI requires a 3.0 or higher.

How long is FBI Academy? ›

All special agents begin their career at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, for 20 weeks of intensive training at one of the world's finest law enforcement training facilities. During their time there, trainees live on campus and participate in a variety of training activities.

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