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Criminology is a subdiscipline of sociology that focuses on the scientific study of the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behavior in both the individual and in society, including the effects crime has on individuals (such as victims, witnesses and perpetrators), factors that can influence an individual or group of people to commit crimes, methods of law enforcement and crime deterrence, and the kinds of organizations, systems, and institutions that have grown up around crime in society.

For those seeking an online criminology degree, La VerneÔÇÖs BachelorÔÇÖs in Criminal Justice & Criminology can also be completed entirely online.

Mission Statement

The Criminology Program seeks to provide its students with the theoretical, practical and ethical foundations for understanding crime and the criminal justice system in its social context, with a focus on humanism and social justice.

Careers in Criminology

Criminologists work in a wide variety of settings including:

  • Court systems
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Counseling Agencies
  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Private Investigations Agencies
  • Retailers
  • Government Offices
  • The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Homeland Security
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • Private Security Companies
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • State Highway Patrol /State Police
  • Youth Services
  • Departments of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Departments of Public Safety
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Police Departments
  • Sheriff’s Departments
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
  • U.S. Marshal Offices
  • Coroner’s Offices
  • Juvenile Facilities
  • Law Offices
  • The Secret Service
  • Courts
  • U.S. Customs

Job Titles

Some of the job titles that the Criminology Major leads to include:

  • ATF Agent
  • Attorney
  • Border Patrol Officer
  • Children’s Services Case Worker
  • College Professor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Counselor
  • DEA Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Friend of the Court Caseworker
  • Government Research Analyst
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Immigration Inspector/Officer
  • IRS Investigator
  • Juvenile Case Worker
  • Military Police
  • Park Service Supervisor/Director
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Prison Guard
  • Probation Officer
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Sheriff
  • Social Worker
  • State Police Officer
  • Technical Writer
  • U.S. Customs Officer