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Program(s) Available: B.A.S., B.S., Minor

Are you passionate about fighting for what's right? Do you find yourself listening to crime podcasts? Northwest's Bachelor of Science in criminology might be what you're looking for!

Why Study Criminology at Northwest

The Bachelor of Science in criminology is an interdisciplinary study of crime and the criminal justice system. It is the broad investigation of the roles that sociological and psychological factors play in determining how society defines crime, contributes to or deters criminal behavior and responds to victims and offenders. 

Students have the opportunity to examine the anatomy behind crime and use this knowledge to build the foundation of their future career path. Students may also be interested in social reform and involvement in programs improving social conditions related to crime. If this seems like a good fit, then make a difference and study criminology!

Pick your path

Criminology B.S.

A Bachelor of Science in criminology is available at Northwest. View the 4-year plan or catalog for courses and more information.

criminology 4-YEAR PLAN (B.S.)

Online Program

Earn your bachelor’s degree on a schedule that works for you. An online program is available in criminology.

B.A.S. (Transfer only)

For transfer students the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is a flexible, individually tailored degree for students pursuing a vocational, technical or associate degree. Coursework for these degrees build on workplace skills and practical career training provided by an associate degree. Students may find a B.A.S. appealing for the following reasons:

  • Shorter time to degree by maximizing the transfer of vocational and technical courses toward a four-year degree
  • Requires fewer Northwest Core courses (general education courses)
  • A personalized and flexible degree plan
  • Cost-effective

Please note this program is not a traditional four-year program. It is structured for transfer students. Check out more on the benefits of our B.A.S. programs.

Minor Program

A minor in criminal justice is also available. Similar to the criminology major, students will learn the basic functions of criminal justice, the theoretical components behind criminal acts and the roles of courts and juvenile systems.

Career ready

“My favorite organization that I’m involved in is Student Senate,” he said. “It allows me to have an impact on not only myself and my education, but also on the University. I get to see the bigger picture and what the future has in store for Northwest.” — Sam Spencer

Career Opportunities

  • Police officer
  • Family services case manager
  • Treatment and rehabilitation counselor
  • Social justice advocate
  • District attorney
  • Correctional facility warden

What Can I Do With a Major in Criminology?

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Want to jump right into hands-on learning? The criminology major offers students a variety of internships. Here are a few places students have collaborated with: campus police, treatment centers, children and family centers and law firms.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Student Organizations

If you can't get enough of Northwest's criminology major, then join the Criminal Justice Club! This student organization supports the development and interests of students majoring or minoring in criminology. The club also sponsors speakers and promotes the professional development of students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Student Organizations

Northwest Mock Trial Team

Northwest students may also join the Northwest Mock Trial Team. Members compete in regional and national competitions sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association. Mock Trial gives students the opportunity to learn about the judicial process while honing communication skills.

Northwest Mock Trial Team
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