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.


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 and broadcast media, 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.


  • Introduction to Criminology
  • UCCS - Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*
  • UCCS - Science and Nature*
  • UCCS - Introduction to Theology
  • Foreign Language I & II


  • Police and Society or Police Organization and Administration
  • Criminology Elective
  • Social Statistics
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*
  • UCCS - Mathematical Reasoning*
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Foreign Language III


  • Criminal Court Process
  • Methods of Criminological Research or Methods of Social Research
  • Corrections: Prisons, Probation and Parole
  • One Criminology Elective
  • UCCS - Diverse Cultures
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • UCCS - Theology*
  • Elective


  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Criminology Internship or Criminology Elective
  • Criminology Elective
  • Senior Experience - Capstone Seminar
  • Electives

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.