Criminology and Criminal Justice, BS

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ASU's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice exposes you to perspectives on why people commit crimes and what society does --- and can do better --- to prevent and respond to crime. Wherever life takes you in the field of criminal justice, this degree prepares you for a career in policing, the courts, corrections, security and investigations.

The BS program in criminology and criminal justice is for students who want to understand the causes of crime, the role of criminal justice agencies in the control of crime and the consequences of crime.

Students learn sociological, psychological, biological and economic explanations for individual crime as well as differences in crime across neighborhoods, states, countries and over time. They also learn about the history, legal issues and current practices of crime control via police agencies, the court system, prisons, probation and parole.

These topics are delivered by top-ranking research faculty who offer students hands-on research opportunities and by experienced criminal justice professionals with intimate knowledge of the daily realities of crime and criminals. Students are encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities in more than 200 agencies, study abroad programs and flexible course scheduling offered in-person, online and across multiple campuses.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice, BS

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Career outlook

Graduates of the criminology and criminal justice program find a strong job market in the public and private sectors. Employment opportunities exist in:

  • bank fraud
  • corrections
  • courts
  • domestic terrorism
  • federal agencies
  • homeland security
  • law enforcement
  • legal offices
  • parole offices
  • private security
  • probation offices
  • victim advocate agencies

Graduates also may pursue advanced degrees in law, criminology and criminal justice, and other social science disciplines.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers-7.7%$43,540
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers7%$61,050
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers-7.8%$62,500
Immigration and Customs Inspectors4.5%$79,970
Police Detectives4.5%$79,970
Police Identification and Records Officers4.5%$79,970
Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts 9.6%$69,520
Intelligence Analysts4.5%$79,970
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives6.6%$87,910
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master’s degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.

Accelerated bachelor’s degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.

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ASU Online offers programs like Criminology and Criminal Justice in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.

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