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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
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

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.