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

Bachelor's of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Begin a rewarding career in law enforcement, the courts, corrections or public safety with a Criminology and Criminal Justice degree from Akron.

Fast growing field

Criminal justice fields are projected to grow faster than average between now 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.

Is this right for me?

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.

Flexible learning options

We offer our degree two ways:

  1. 100% online as a cohort. You and a limited number of students (a cohort) will move through the program together. You'll benefit from the support from your cohort members, and you'll build a strong professional network that can help you throughout your career.
  2. 100% online & customized advanced coursework. Working with your faculty advisor, you can customize your coursework to complete any one of the four concentrations we offer fully online, at a pace that's right for you. Perfect for those already working or with family demands.

What will you learn?

Curriculum: See the degree requirements for a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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
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.

Skills you need to succeed:

  • High moral character
    • To enforce the law
    • Administer justice
    • Be responsible with sensitive or confidential information
    • Will likely need to pass a background check prior to employment
  • Excellent communication skills
    • Spoken and written
  • Ability to work extensively with the public and diverse populations
  • Tolerance and understanding of human behavior

Practical experience:

You will gain real hands-on experience in 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
          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 workstations.

          What can you do with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice?

          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

                  Homeland security

                  • Counter-terrorism
                  • Critical infrastructure protection
                  • Intelligence analysis

                  Corporate investigation and fraud examination