Minor in Criminology

Study crime rates and the social conditions that shape them, with an emphasis on both research and policy analysis.

The crime rates in any society are shaped by social conditions. Studying these factors gives students a better understanding of the reasons for changes in crime rates over time, as well as differences between locations and social groups.

Courses include sociological theories about the nature, sources, control and prevention of crime as well as current crime rates, types of crime, patterns of victimization and current law enforcement and correctional policies.

Students gain skills in qualitative research, interviewing, critical thinking, writing and policy analysis.