Program Description

The program examines the scientific study of crime, including the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. The degree is designed to give students an introduction to the field. Courses focus on the characteristics and causes of crime and deviance and on the origins, nature and consequences of societal reactions to crime and deviance, giving particular attention to the criminal justice system. Basic instruction is also given in sociological theory and research methods.

Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

The program will prepare students for completing a bachelor's degree. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all pre-admission course work and cumulative grade point average of 2.25 for regular admission to the criminology major. The program is particularly appropriate for students wishing to pursue one of the following career options: A) Graduate work in the social sciences with a special emphasis on criminology or criminal justice; B) A career in criminal justice (e.g. law enforcement, corrections or crime prevention), especially in agencies or departments involved in planning and evaluation; and C) A career in law, social work or counseling.

Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of arts in criminology program is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or, or the Academic Affairs Office at 505.925.8600.