The Department of Criminology provides undergraduate and graduate education in criminology for students planning professional careers in the criminal justice field or preparing for graduate studies. The program is diversified and integrated, reflecting the wide range of career opportunities in the field, including direct service and administration in law enforcement, corrections, victimology/victim services, and juvenile justice. The department offers the Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Science degree, and a minor. The department is also in the process of planning a doctorate in criminal sciences to be offered jointly with the University of California. The department offers certificates in Victim Services, Alcohol/Drug Studies, and Legal Studies, as well as a Criminal Justice Counseling Specialist Certificate of Advanced Studies.
The department faculty members are involved in research activities on topics including serial killers, women in prison, rural crime, and victim services. Faculty members work with local, state and federal agencies on a continuing basis. All students are required to take a field internship with a criminal justice agency during their junior or senior year.
Past placements include the U.S. Department of justice, the State of California, and local law enforcement agencies.