College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Bachelor’s Degree

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Program Overview

USFSM’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology introduces students to the causes of crime and the current issues in the criminal justice system. The program prepares students for careers in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, detention, the judiciary, corrections, juvenile justice, probation and parole.

The Criminology program at USFSM offers small classes taught by both academic and criminal justice practitioners, and provides students opportunities to work with faculty on research projects and participate in internships with local criminal justice agencies. Also, the undergraduate program prepares criminology students to pursue a graduate degree in criminology or related disciplines.

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Is the Criminology Program Right for You?

Are you intrigued by studying criminal behavior? Do you have a passion for helping others? Are you interested in making a positive contribution to society? Do you enjoy challenges and problem solving? Are you an innovative thinker and a good communicator?  If yes, you should consider USFSM’s Criminology program.

Future Careers

A bachelor’s degree in Criminology from USFSM paves the way for graduates to enter careers in all areas of law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, the judiciary, homeland security and many other fields. Coupled with experience, this degree will give students the skills needed to excel as professionals within the criminal justice field as well as go on to earn a graduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

For more information on future careers and internships, please visit Career Services.

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