Online Criminology Programs

Students of criminology study the nature, extent, causes and, most especially, the control of criminal behavior in society and within the individual. Study focuses on the social impact of the crime, the victim and the criminal.

Criminology is rooted in behavioral science, which includes sociology, psychology and psychiatry. The online degree is usually part of a criminal justice program, and some programs link criminology and criminal justice together in a single combined degree. Online education in the field ranges from certificate programs to master’s degrees.

Types of Criminology Courses

Students who decide to obtain an online degree or certificate in criminology may have to take some or all of the following courses:

  • Research Methods in Criminology: Often, a prerequisite in statistics is required for this class. It teaches advanced research design and data analysis as well as the study of experimental and non-experimental research designs.
  • Victimology: This course investigates legal and philosophical issues surrounding victimization, among them the roles of victims in the criminal justice system.
  • White Collar Crime: Students examine individual occupation-related criminality and crimes against organizations and corporations, and discusses societal reactions to such crimes.

Typical Career Paths in Criminology

Graduates with online degrees in criminology can explore employment opportunities in law enforcement, private security firms, all levels of the court system, legal offices, victim advocate agencies and correctional facilities.

Full Online Program Listings

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Tempe, Arizona
Arizona State University
Storm Lake, Iowa
Buena Vista University
Johnson City, Tennessee
East Tennessee State University
Atlanta, Georgia
Herzing University
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Owensboro, Kentucky
Kentucky Wesleyan College
East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University
Flagstaff, Arizona
Northern Arizona University
Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Southeast Missouri State University
Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University
Gainesville, Florida
University of Florida
Houston, Texas
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Memphis, Tennessee
University of Memphis
Carrollton, Georgia
University of West Georgia
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Western Kentucky University