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Forensic Criminology, B.S.

Students in this program will be prepared to actively investigate the relationship between research and evidence-based practice in the justice system and will be poised to begin professional work in a variety of careers or for enrollment in graduate work.

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Forensic Criminology proactively prepares students to enter their careers as emerging leaders who can identify ways to influence positive change. When you combine the analysis of crime with evidence-based research, you develop a broader understanding of the nature of crime and its impact on society in addition to ways to improve both the practice and the services we provide victims.

- Michelle Currier
Assistant Professor

Criminology is the study of the causes of crime, including theoretical perspectives in psychological, sociological, learning and biological theories. It explores the reasons why crime occurs and the societal impact of crime and how to best control or mitigate the effects of crime.

Students will develop and design research to study a problem that is occurring in the justice system. Using the scientific method to develop hypotheses, they can design studies using established methodology, then execute the study, and analyze the results. Reporting on those outcomes can help determine ways to improve outcomes in the area of practice and programs.

Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020-2030 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Careers in this major include:

  • Court positions
  • Criminalistics
  • Criminal justice researcher
  • Research analyst
  • Criminal justice policy analyst
  • Victim advocacy
  • Victim services
  • Offender re-entry services
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Offender programming
  • Restorative justice services
  • Child protective and social services
  • Governmental administration
  • Law enforcement, corrections and juvenile justice programming

Forensic Criminology is offered in 7-week and 14 week class session on campus, online, and in Flex Class format. Flex Classes allow students to participate in both, or either, online and on campus classes.

Program Description

Forensic Criminology
Kelly Peterson
Assistant Professor