College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology


The term criminology means "the study of crime."  Criminologists concentrate on studying the various forms of criminal behavior, the causes of crime, the definition of crime and societal reactions to criminal activity. Criminologists study such topics as juvenile delinquency, the effects of crime on victims, crimes committed in the workplace, and the response of the criminal justice system to crimes and victims.  Areas of interest include: the police, the courts, corrections, and public policy related to controlling or reducing crime.

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Spring 2017 Courses


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Featured Stories
Schaefer Awarded Ph.D.

Roger Schaefer, a criminology alum, has recently completed doctorate work at Washington State University.  He was awarded his Ph.D. in criminal justice and is currently working as an assistant professor at Central Washington University.  ...

Hasenstein and Rice travel to China

Haley Hasenstein and Tatiana Rice, both criminology majors, traveled to China over the summer with the South West University of Political Science and Law's Summer Experience Program.  They had the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture...