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Criminology

Understanding crime, criminality and the criminal justice system is central to understanding society. 

Get the tools essential to understanding the complexities of criminal justice issues and how they are shaped by larger social, political, economic, cultural, and historical contexts. With our uniquely interdisciplinary approach, you’ll get a strong foundation in the field of criminology and become a more engaged citizen.

Our professors have diverse backgrounds. You’ll benefit from teaching that draws on the connections between criminology and fields such as gender and cultural studies, immigration, global and transnational studies, surveillance, and business and finance.

Our grads have gone on to careers in law enforcement, probation and the courts, conflict mediation, border control, immigration, law, journalism, human rights advocacy, social services and public policy.

What you’ll learn


  • Understand the criminal justice system from historical, sociological and legal perspectives, including current theories and research.
  • Learn the roles of state and non-state agencies in regulation and policing.
  • Explore and critically analyze criminological theories about why people commit crime.

Hands-on experiences


  • Learn from guest lecturers from the criminal justice system, individuals on parole who talk about their prison experience, and those who discuss their interactions with law enforcement. 
  • Participate in field trips to relevant destinations, such as a correctional institution.
  • Attend job fairs featuring professionals from the criminology field.

In our program, we talk about the social conditions and contexts that crime unfolds in. We examine how social perceptions affect what people do and what happens to them after they commit a criminalized activity. We look into popular representations of crime, and what they say about our values and understandings as a society.

— Tuulia Law
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Criminology

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