Bachelor's of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice at The University of Akron.


Bachelor's of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The University of Akron is calling on you to fill the growing need for individuals well prepared to fight crime in our 21st century world.

Fast growing field

After completing coursework and mandatory internships, graduates will enter fields that are projected to grow faster than average, with an expected 100,000 or more job openings between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salaries for Criminology and Criminal Justice careers range based on location, but the median wage in 2016 was $61,600 annually.

What will you learn?

Forensics Lab faculty member, Brenda Butler, showing her student how to check a bullet hole's direction.

Forensics Lab faculty member, Brenda Butler, shows her student how to examine the direction of a bullet.

The curriculum focuses in policing, the courts, correctional agencies, and business and industry with a balance of the research and professional skills you will need to succeed. After taking core and foundational courses in Criminal Justice, Political Science and Sociology, you then will; choose a concentration in policing, courts and law, corrections, or criminology.

This degree is a good fit if you are new to criminal justice, and already employed in the field but seeking career advancement or new opportunities including law or graduate school.

You will begin your degree requirements with basic courses in each concentration before choosing one of the following as a focus area:

  • Policing
  • Courts and law
  • Corrections
  • Criminology

Curriculum Guide

/ccj/Criminology and Criminal Justice Curriculum Guide as of 9-17.pdf

Skills you need to succeed:

  • High moral character
    • To enforce the law
    • Administer justice
    • Be responsible with sensitive information
  • Excellent communication skills
    • Spoken and written
  • Ability to work extensively with the public and diverse populations
  • Tolerance and understanding of human behavior

Practical experience with our extensive internship program with a range of placement options:

  • Locally
  • State agencies
  • Federal government i.e. Washington, D.C.
  • Part-time or full-time internships

What will you do?

By graduation you will be prepared for employment at any level or specialization in the criminal justice field. The opportunities for you will widely range from local to federal agencies.

Careers include:

  • Policing and investigation at the local, county, state and federal levels
    • Police and Sheriff's Office
    • State Highway Patrol
    • U.S. Marshalls
    • FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
  • Work in the courts
    • Bailiffs
    • Victim advocates
    • Lawyers and Judges
  • Work in corrections
    • Correctional administrators
    • Probation officers
    • Substance abuse/mental health treatment
  • Corporate investigation and fraud examination
  • Homeland security
    • Counter-terrorism
    • Critical infrastructure protection
    • Intelligence analysis

Candidates should be of high moral character, as they will have access to sensitive or confidential information and will likely be subject to a background check before being hired.

UA student dusting for fingerprints in a mock crime scene.Students are given hands-on experience in criminal investigation, physical security and forensic methods in our mock crime scene investigation lab also equipped with forensic computer work stations.

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