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What Can I Do With A Major In Criminology?

The field of Criminology seeks to answer questions such as: Why do people commit crimes? Are they born a criminal? What impact does society have on criminal behavior? Does crime serve an important function in our society? Students in the criminology program will receive instruction on the theories and practices pertaining to the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and public and corporate responses to crime on the local, national, and international levels. Areas of research in criminology include the incidence, forms, causes and consequences of crime, as well as social and governmental regulations and reaction to crime.

Students are also prepared to pursue graduate coursework in law or public policy as well as many other criminal justice related disciplines. If a graduate with a bachelor's degree is looking for employment after graduation, opportunities exist at the managerial level in county, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. Research centers concerned with domestic and international issues, policies and practices related to the criminal justice system provide additional opportunities to experience this exciting field.

Visit CCSU’s Criminology Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations

Arson Investigator

ATF Agent

Border Patrol Agent

CIA Agent

Community Service Coordinator

Corrections Officer

Customs Agent

Detention Officer

District Attorney

FBI Agent

Fish & Game Warden

Forensic Investigator

Intelligence Analyst

Juvenile Court Counselor


Loss Prevention Manager

Narcotics Investigator

Park Ranger

Police Detective

Police Identification & Records Officer

Police Officer

U.S. Marshall

Private Security Officer

Probation Officer

Secret Service Agent

For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information

Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences

American Correctional Association

American Criminal Justice Association

The American Probation and Parole Association

The American Society of Criminology

Association for Criminal Justice Research

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)

Central Intelligence Agency

Criminal Justice USA

Criminal Justice Career Center

Directory of Federal Agencies

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The International Association of Crime Analysts

National Association of Legal Assistants

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service

National Security Agency

State Juvenile Justice Profiles

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of Defense

Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities

Criminology majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for criminology majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Fatality Review Internship

State of Connecticut Office of Policy & Management - Legislative Internship, Criminal Justice Research Internship

The Children's Home of Cromwell, Inc. - Teacher Support Specialist

Wheeler Clinic - Case Manager, AIC - Middletown, Intervention Specialist, Program Manager, AIC, Court Liaison