Criminology | Mount St. Joseph University
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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. Students have the opportunity to tailor their degree aspirations through a selection of minors including victim studies, psychology, legal studies, sociology, and forensic science.

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 students to examine resulting consequences. 

Featured Courses:

The program consists of elective courses such as:

  • Sex Crimes
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime & Media
  • Into to Criminalistics
  • Guns, Crime, & American Society
  • Bullies & Bullets: Victimization in Schools
  • Fraud Examination.

Career Potential:

Graduates of criminology are well prepared for careers in:

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

Hands-On Experience:

The majority of our students opt to complete either a co-op or service learning experience in the field of criminology or criminal justice. Recent co-op positions have included Hamilton County Pre-Trial Services, Cincinnati Police Department, U.S. Marshals, Federal Probation, Hamilton County Job and Family Services and JACK Cincinnati Casino. Students who participated in service learning have been placed at the Office of Peace, Justice and Care of Creation, EarthConnection, Be Concerned, Bethany House, St. Francis Seraph Ministries, Them Bones and Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence.

News and Updates

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

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