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Northwest Missouri State University

Criminology Major


The Northwest Difference

Criminology is the study the government institutions and people who address crime, criminals and victims and the theories associated with the crime, perpetrators and victims. At Northwest, the program studies cases in law, justice and ethics and examines how the govement system is structured to address the criminal aspects of society and responses to government action.

The major offers three areas of emphasis: diversity within the criminal justice system, the juvenile justice system, and the adult justice system. Each is designed to provide greater specialization beyond the core within the program. 

Message from the Advisor

"Pursuing a degree program in criminology and criminal justice allows students to access two dynamics in their post-college careers: flexibility and demand. The Northwest degree focuses on the academic development of students, providing knowledge and skills enabling students to seek career options in a variety of fields, such as law, policing, corrections, security, policy and government service.

Many criminal justice positions are in demand and have the expectation of increasing employment opportunities in the next ten years. The criminology and criminal justice program, in combination with Northwest’s established general education curriculum, allows for the development of a well-rounded student prepared for a professional career."

Kimberly Casey
Assistant Professor

Minor in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is the study of crime and how it is managed by the government. Students will learn the basic functions of criminal justice, the theoretical components on the process of becoming a criminal, and the roles of the courts and juvenile systems. This minor require the completion of 24 credit hours.

Career Opportunities

Job titles related to this degree program include:

  • Case Management
  • Correction Officer
  • Defense Attorney
  • District Attorney
  • Federal Agencies
  • Legal Attorney
  • Parole Officer
  • Police
  • Probation Officer

Profession-Based Learning Experiences


Although internships are not required in the criminology and criminal justice major, they are highly encouraged. Examples of internships for this major:

  • Campus Police
  • Community and City Police
  • Federal Agencies
  • Law Firms
  • Treatment Centers

Student Organizations

Pre-Law Society
Trips to law schools and admission fairs, speakers and panels, LSAT preparation and practice tests, peer discussion and social events.

Mock Trial
Students compete in trial simulations at invitational and American Mock Trial Association sanctioned regional and national tournaments and Bearcat Invitational hosted annually at Northwest.

Criminal Justice Club
Supports the development and interests of students minoring in criminal justice. The club also sponsors speakers and promotes professional development of students preparing to enter the field.

For a full list of student organizations with in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences »

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »