Students in the criminology degree program learn about crime, deviance, and the American criminal justice system. Working toward a degree in criminology or criminal justice, students explore the issues of greatest interest to criminologists working in the field today.
At Webster University, the criminology curriculum combines the fundamentals of criminology and criminal justice into one field of study. The courses focus on training in multiple data-analysis methods commonly used by criminologists and criminal justice professionals. Studying crime and deviance with a particular emphasis on critical-thinking skills, students learn the ways professionals explain, predict, and prevent crime and victimization.
The master's program provides a multidisciplinary approach to the wider criminal justice system, with particular emphasis on enhancing technical skills, critical thinking skills, decision-making processes, and increasing analytic capabilities to provide students with the ability to explain, predict, and prevent crime and victimization. In addition to the core curriculum, students will need to complete 18 credit hours of elective courses from a variety of concentrations, including administration of justice, fraud investigation, cybersecurity/threat detection, and security studies.
Points of Distinction
- Faculty members are professionals currently working in the field of criminology and criminal justice who can bring real-world experience and the latest theories and practice to the classroom.
- Students can take specialized courses in transnational crime, terrorism, and homeland security at a global university with a truly transnational perspective.
- Students have an opportunity to supplement coursework for the major in diverse fields such as human rights; cybersecurity; sociology; women, gender & sexuality studies; and cultural anthropology.
- Students have numerous opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects.
Criminology Academic Programs
To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:
- Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (BA)
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS)
- Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Graduate Certificate in Administration of Justice
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