Your Guide to getting a degree in Criminal Justice.

Studying Criminology

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.

Online Programs in Criminology

The study of criminology is offered at many schools around the country, which include the following programs:

The College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University offers several online criminology programs. The programs include a certificate in criminology as well as both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the subject. The website says that the university’s nationally recognized bachelor’s and master’s degrees are top-ranked programs for faculty research.

The Department of Criminology at the University of West Georgia has an online Bachelor of Science program in criminology, which is held to the same standards as the on-campus version.

For those interested in schools in the Midwest, Indiana State University offers online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminology and criminal justice. The courses focus on crime prevention, law enforcement and intervention.

Arizona State University offers a Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice, available both online and on campus. Their program aims to enhance students’ understanding of criminology by preparing them to think critically about issues in the field.

At the University of Florida, an online bachelor’s program in criminology and law is offered by the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Law. This program is designed for students who have earned their Associate of Arts degree and who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminology.

Southern New Hampshire University has two online programs in criminology offered by their justice studies department. These programs include an online certificate in crime and criminology as well as a Bachelor of Science in crime and criminology.

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.