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Criminology

Ever wonder why people commit crimes? Then criminology might be the perfect career for you. This field is less about prosecuting or defending criminals than it is about studying the reasons crimes are committed and how communities can prevent future crimes from happening.

Course of Study

A Bachelor’s Degree in criminology is typically required in order to enter the field, and a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. is needed for areas of criminology like research or teaching at the university level. Students learn about a broad range of topics during their studies, all with a goal of helping them understand what goes on in a criminal’s mind and what outside factors prompt them to commit crimes. Some of these contributing factors may include socio-economic situations, family and relationship problems, and substance abuse issues—all of which you’ll study.

Criminologists also study ways to prevent people from committing crimes in the first place or stopping criminals from repeating their crimes through rehabilitation techniques. This involves courses in psychology and sociology, analysis, learning how to research and report data, and how to interpret findings.

Applying a Criminology Degree

There are generally two ways to use a criminology degree: as a researcher or in direct contact with criminals. This can be done as a corrections officer, administrator, law enforcement officer, social researcher, professor, or private or public security professional. You can also select a career that includes assessing how criminals react and respond to corrective actions.

Job Prospects

Criminologists in all fields can expect to find a fairly robust job market within the next five to 10 years. It’s projected that law enforcement professionals in particular may experience growth of about 14 percent.

Schools That Offer This Program:
Strayer University
Strayer University
New England Institute of Technology
New England Institute of Technology
Computer Systems Institute
American Intercontinental University
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Brown Mackie College
South University
Southern New Hampshire University
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