A pair of handcuffs.

Criminology majors study the nature and causes of crime, criminal behavior and the criminal justice system.

Criminology is a diverse field grounded in philosophy, which searches for answers to why people commit crimes, or whether there is such a thing as a born killer.

Criminology strives to understand the nature of crime and society, and the theoretical underpinnings that guide how people are punished, controlled or rehabilitated. The curriculum allows you to learn about the Criminological perspective, and gives you an understanding of the theoretical perspectives of the field. 

Our goal is that students will use this knowledge to critically assess information in problem-solving and decision-making. Many required courses strive to systematically cultivate informed and ethical ways of thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, while encouraging you to examine resulting consequences. 

Graduates of criminology are well prepared for careers in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal investigation
  • Corrections
  • Probation
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Youth counseling
  • Crime analysis
  • Security management
  • Public administration
  • Graduate studies in law, criminal justice, forensic science and more

News and Updates

The Mount offers a fully online Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant (CDCA) course that meets Phase I of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board (OCDP) training requirements.  Visit the CDCA page for more information. 

Stay up to date with the most recent criminology program news and events; visit the department of criminology page.