Field of Study: Criminology
Criminology programs teach people about crime and criminal behavior.
Criminology programs include topics such as:
- The criminal justice system
- Criminal laws
- Penal systems
A degree in criminology prepares people for work as:
- Court administrators
- Security officers
- Parole officers
- Correctional officers
A few community colleges offer associate degree programs in criminology. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.
Many colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in criminology. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study to complete.
Many universities offer graduate degrees in criminology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.