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College of Social Sciences
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.