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Criminology (B.A./B.S.)

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Be part of the solution for a better world.

Why do people commit crimes? What do communities and criminal justice agencies do to prevent and respond to crime? How should crime be punished? Criminologists explore criminal behavior and societies’ responses to crime. Without a clear understanding of why people commit crime, society cannot effectively rehabilitate criminals. Criminology is the study of crime as a complex and multi-layered social phenomenon including its causes and consequences. The criminology major offers coursework in criminal behavior, policy development and implementation, criminology-related research and theory and the impact of certain social problems and conflicts. Graduates may seek employment in a variety of careers, including occupations within the criminal justice system, social services, nonprofit, governmental and public and private research agencies at the local, state, national or international level. The program will also prepare students for graduate study.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are curious why people commit crime.
  • Are interested in criminal justice.
  • Want to prevent crime and victimization.
  • Have a desire to help people.
  • Have strong writing and communication skills.

Career Opportunities

  • Criminologist
  • Data analyst
  • Detective or criminal investigator
  • Forensic scientist
  • Probation officer or correctional treatment specialist
  • Police or sheriff's patrol officer
  • Correctional officer or jailer
  • Crime prevention specialist
  • Victim services / witness specialist
  • Lawyer

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.