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WHAT IS CRIMINOLOGY?

Criminology is the study of crime, deviant behavior, social control and the law. Through exploration of theoretical and applied social science research, students learn about crime as a social phenomenon.

This exploration includes empirical research on crime and criminal behavior, the tools and methods used to study and prevent crime, issues relating to criminal law, offenders, victims and victims’ rights and the agencies involved in the processing and sanctioning of juvenile and adult offenders.

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WHY STUDY CRIMINOLOGY?

Crime is an important topic at all levels—local, state, national and international. Divisive issues relating to race and criminal justice, police brutality, prison overcrowding, sexual assault, terrorism, just to name a few, consistently adorn media headlines and are part of community and campus conversations.

Policies surrounding crime and criminal justice that affect individuals, families, and communities are implemented on a daily basis. Crime, and our response to it, continues to be a major issue with far reaching impacts. A major in criminology prepares students to deal with these critical issues.  

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WHERE DO CRIMINOLOGY GRADUATES GO?

Enter the workforce in occupations related to criminal, juvenile, and social justice such as

  • Criminologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Loss Prevention Specialist

Undertake graduate study in areas such as

  • criminology
  • criminal justice
  • other social sciences
  • law

 

 

 

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Undergraduate contacts

zachary franzoni

Zachary Franzoni

Undergraduate Academic Advisor
franzoni@soc.utah.edu

claudia geist

Claudia Geist, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies
claudia.geist@soc.utah.edu

heather melton

Heather Melton, Ph.D.

Director of Criminology
heather.melton@soc.utah.edu

Last Updated: 10/14/19