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Criminology is the scientific study of crime and its causes. The major is interdisciplinary but draws primarily from the discipline of Sociology. Students who complete the degree receive a broad-based, liberal arts education that sharpens their writing skills, research abilities and critical thinking. Criminology addresses the system used by government to maintain social control, prevent crime, enforce laws, and administer justice. Law enforcement (police), courts, and corrections are the primary agencies charged with these responsibilities. When processing the accused through the criminal justice system, government must keep within the framework of laws that protect individual rights. The pursuit of criminal justice is, like all forms of "justice", "fairness" or "process", essentially the pursuit of an ideal.

Visit CSU's Criminology Department's website for more information


  • FBI Agent
  • CIA Agent
  • ATF Agent 
  • Border Patrol Officert 
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • Investigator
  • Police Officer 
  • Deputy US Marshal
  • Researcher  
  • Criminologist 
  • Corrections Officer 
  • Corrections Planner 
  • Social Worker
  • Attorney
  • Forensic Science Technician 
  • Sociologist
  • Emergency & Fire Management Servicest 
  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Inspector
  • Animal Control Worker 
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Immigration and Customs Inspector
  • Transit & Railroad Police Officer
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Security Manager
  • Intelligence Analyst



Written & presentation skills Research strategies
Understanding societies' reaction to crimes Ethics and moral values
Considerations of gender & race Interviewing skills
Quantitative skills Strong background in humanities, social science, & natural science
Skills in research and scientific methodology Broad understanding of criminal law and the criminal justice system
Critical thinking Computer literacy
Understanding nature of crimes Ability to identify and analyze social problems and develop solutions
Decision-making Knowledge of legal structures
Patience Supervision & management skills



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