The Bachelor of Science in Criminology is an interdisciplinary study of crime and the criminal justice system. It is the broad investigation of the roles that sociological and psychological factors play in determining how a society defines crime, contributes to or deters criminal behavior, and responds to victims and offenders. Criminologists have a wide variety of career paths from which to choose. Those interested in working within the criminal justice system may pursue a number of government jobs, including careers within law enforcement, courts, or corrections.
Students may also be interested in positions addressing social reform and involvement in programs improving social conditions related to crime. Those focusing on the psychological underpinnings of criminal behavior may pursue positions involved in victim advocacy, prevention programs for youth, or rehabilitation programs for offenders.
This major offers three different areas of focus: diversity within the criminal justice system, the adult justice system and the juvenile justice system. Each emphasis allows students to specialize in one of these fields and tailor classes within that emphasis to fit their interest beyond the core courses within the program.
Job titles related to this degree program include
Family services case manager
Treatment and rehabilitation counselor
Social justice advocate
Correctional facility warden
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Although internships are not required in the criminology and criminal justice major, they are highly encouraged. Examples of internships for this major:
Children and family centers
Local police and state troopers
Juvenile detention centers
Drug abuse and deliquency prevention programs
Criminal Justice Club Supports the development and interests of students majoring in criminology or minoring in criminal justice. The club also sponsors speakers and promotes professional development of students preparing to enter the field.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.
The Northwest Core (48-52 hours)
Common Core Required for all Criminology Emphases
All students majoring in Criminology (emphases in the Adult System, Juvenile System, and Diversity) are required to complete a Common Required Core, which includes the following:
Common Required Core, 27 hours POLS 34205 Introduction to Criminal Justice POLS 34338 Rights of the Accused POLS 34459 Justice: Theories and Applications SOC 35321 Criminology SOC 35405 Victimization SOSC 36201 Social Science Research Methods POLS 34491 Research Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice MATH 17114 General Statistics PHIL 39275 Professional Ethics
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Note: MATH 17114 and PHIL 39275 can be used to fulfill Northwest Core requirements but only count once toward the 124 hours needed for the Bachelor of Science degree.
Prerequisite Courses, 6 hours SOC 35101 General Sociology PSYC 08103 General Psychology
Note: SOC 35101 and PSYC 08103 are prerequisite courses for Sociology and Psychology courses. SOC 35101 and PSYC 08103 can be used to fulfill Northwest Core requirements, but do not count toward the hours needed for the major.