Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Become a counselor at a youth correctional facility. Continue on to law school and become a defense attorney or prosecutor. Supervise and counsel those who have been convicted of a crime in a state prison or community setting. BVU’s criminology and criminal justice program will provide you with strong preparation for many careers and is an excellent foundation for graduate school or law school.
As a criminology and criminal justice major, you’ll examine the principal areas of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, juvenile justice, the legal system, and corrections. The program’s unique integration of criminological theory and criminal justice administration and policy will equip you with the knowledge to adapt in these ever-evolving fields. You will also gain practical experience through a wide range of internship opportunities, and as a culmination of your studies, you’ll complete a senior capstone course to refine your professional skills and synthesize knowledge. With a criminology and criminal justice degree from BVU, you will hone your problem-solving and communication abilities, and learn to think critically about the causes, consequences, prevention, and control of criminal activity.
In recent years, graduates have landed positions in dozens of organizations, including:
- Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
- City of Omaha Police Department
- Union County Jail
- Knoxville Police Department
Recent graduates have gone on to seek master’s degrees or law school degrees at world-class institutions, including:
- Iowa State University
- University of Cincinnati
- St. Ambrose University
- University of Southern California
About the School
Welcome to Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Our picturesque campus covers 60 acres and is located on the shores of a 3,200-acre natural lake.