This bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice will provide students with the opportunity to engage in diverse coursework to increase knowledge and analytical skills appropriate for a variety of career paths. These career paths include work in an area of the public justice system, such as police, courts, corrections, regulatory agencies, and environmental protection, or in community-based programs related to crime prevention, rehabilitation, and victim assistance, as well as pursuit of further education in graduate or law school.
In addition to a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Department offers a minor in Law, Rights and Justice for those interested in pre-law.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice?
If you have a passion for helping others and want to explore the relationships between law and society, a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice might be for you. The degree allows exploration of patterns and causes of crime and in-depth study in such areas as immigration, border security, terrorism, environmental crime, and other areas relevant to crime and justice. You'll learn about how justice is applied specifically to juveniles, women, and diverse ethnic groups. You will engage in examining how cultural and political issues are related to criminal justice around the world.
The available coursework will teach you how to put theory into practice (for example, learning how to make schools safer, then going into a local school and developing violence prevention programs for young people). You may also study how American media and entertainment outlets shape public perceptions of the criminal justice system, how innocent people can be convicted of crimes, and sort through case evidence and trial transcripts with faculty members and local attorneys.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
Public policy analyst
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.