Career Opportunities

  • Detective
  • Juvenile Corrections
  • Legal
  • Police
  • Probation Officer


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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice is intended for students who wish to receive a well-rounded education in criminal theory, criminal justice issues, institutions and polices, and social science research methods. By integrating practice with theory, UMSL's faculty is able to present a comprehensive picture of crime and the justice system. The BS in criminology and criminal justice is also advantageous for careers with various social agencies, especially those connected with the juvenile court system, probation and parole and local police. Many students use the BS in criminology and criminal justice as preparation for law school. The BS in criminology and criminal justice also provides excellent preparation for graduate school in a variety of fields.

The BS in Criminology requires a core curriculum of 37 hours in addition to the college’s general education requirements. Foreign language proficiency is not required, although students are encouraged to take foreign language courses. Candidates must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the major.

Students must complete the following courses before declaring the major:

CRIMIN 1100 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
CRIMIN 1110 Theories of Crime 3
CRIMIN 2210 Research Methods 3
CRIMIN 2220 Statistical Analysis In Criminology And Criminal Justice 4

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire basic knowledge of the theories, methods and and substance of issues in criminology and criminal justice.
  2. Develop critical thinking skills through the application of criminological theory and social science research methods.
  3. Develop fundamental understanding of interdisciplinary underpinnings (e.g., from sociology, psychology, political science, economics) of criminology and criminal justice issues and policies.
  4. Acquire knowledge about the structure and functioning of the fundamental institutions (e.g., legislatures, police, punishment, supervisory) that are part of criminal justice systems.
  5. Acquire understanding of the role of research and its application for informing policies about criminal justice issues.

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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