Criminology, as a field, explores the nature and causes of crime. Criminology also examines the impact crime has on society and how in turn society responds to the social problem of crime.
Why Study Criminology?
The Criminology program is appropriate for students wishing to pursue career paths in all justice related fields including: law enforcement, probation and parole, community based prevention and control programs, court based programs, and corrections.
Course of Study
The BA in Criminology is a 36 credit hour major and is housed in the Sociology Department. A thesis option elective is available and designed for students wishing to pursue graduate school in criminology or a related field. Students will also have optional internship opportunities at various crime and justice related agencies.
Current Faculty Research
MSU’s Criminology faculty are industry experts and offer extensive research on topics like fear of crime, sentencing, general strain theory, violent crime among Latinos, to name a few.
MSU Criminology faculty have published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, many of which are co-authored with former and current graduate students. Please click on the link of the faculty member below to see a list of their most recent research. We hope you enjoy learning about criminology as much as we enjoy expanding the field of research.