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Criminology Program

B.S. or B.A. in sociology with criminology concentration

The criminology program is intended for students preparing for careers related to criminology and criminal justice. Criminology is a concentration within the sociology major.

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Students in many programs, such as criminology, connect with each other by sharing their experiences and learning opportunities.

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The criminology program awards several scholarships on an annual basis, including major-specific awards.

During their junior or senior year, students may participate in a professional supervised internship in a social service or criminal justice agency directly related to their career interests and aspirations. The internship is coordinated with the K-State Career Center.

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Did you know?

Criminology students may join the undergraduate Criminology Club, which is active in a number of campus activities as well as community volunteer programs including the Boys and Girls Club and the Crisis Center. 

What classes will I take in criminology?

The criminology program is intended for students preparing for careers related to criminology and criminal justice. The program provides a general understanding of many areas, including:

  • Criminal justice system
  • Sociological explanations of criminal behavior
  • Prevention and treatment strategies
  • Victimology
  • Agencies created to deal with various crime
  • Significance of social contexts to the understanding of crime and deviance

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How can I continue my education?

Sociology (B.A./B.S.)
Concurrent B.A./B.S. in Sociology (or Criminology) and Masters of Sociology
Sociology (M.A.)
Sociology (Ph.D.)

What can I do with a concentration in criminology? 

Graduates of the criminology program are currently working in law enforcement agencies, juvenile and adult correctional facilities, adult and juvenile courts, probation and parole services, investigative services and a variety of community and correctional programs.

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