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Ours is a culture fascinated by crime, criminal behavior and the justice system. The criminology major moves beyond simple fascination to investigate causes and prevention of criminal behavior, as well as the meaning and application of the legal process, law enforcement, court management and correctional treatment, as each affects the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Internships.

Marquette’s competitive internship program offers our criminology majors experiences in Milwaukee-area law enforcement agencies, correctional settings, court offices and legal research bureaus.

Learn from the pros.

Your courses will be taught by some of the nation’s leading criminology scholars and field professionals. They have distinguished themselves in their fields, and their expertise has been sought by print media and television, including national programs such as NBC’s Dateline.

Thinking about law school?

When you combine the legal foundations of the criminology major with anthropology, history, philosophy or sociology, you will be well-equipped with the intellectual tools you’ll need for law school.

Get connected.

Join the Criminology and Law Society and you’ll have many opportunities to meet with speakers from the FBI, local law enforcement and the district attorney’s office and the fields of forensic science and probation and parole.

Great mixer.

If you’re interested in a career helping victims of crimes, you can combine the criminology major with a major or minor in social welfare and justice. Likewise, psychology majors often take advantage of this major’s specialized courses to get their unique perspectives and to prepare for further studies in criminal psychology.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.

Freshman

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Growth of Western Civilization I or II
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Foreign Language I & II
  • History Elective
  • Natural Science Elective

Sophomore

  • Police and Society or Police Organization and Administration
  • Criminology Elective
  • Social Statistics
  • Literature Elective
  • Mathematical Reasoning Elective
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Foreign Language III & IV
  • Literature Elective
  • Math, Logic or Computer Science Elective

Junior

  • Criminal Court Process
  • Methods of Criminological Research
  • Corrections: Prisons, Probation and Parole
  • One Criminology Electives
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Theology Electives
  • Philosophy Elective

Senior

  • Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure
  • Criminology Internship or Criminology Elective
  • Criminology Elective
  • Senior Experience
  • Electives

Criminology

You might like the Criminology major if you

✓ Enjoy social studies

✓ Are committed to the search for truth and social justice

What can you do with a major in Criminology?

CriminologyMarquette’s criminology and law studies graduates typically work in law enforcement, corrections and at every level of the court system.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in criminology.

Visit the department that offers the major in criminology and law studies.

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