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The Criminal Justice/Criminology major develops in students an understanding and appreciation of the various dynamics related to criminality, the law, and its enforcement.
About the Criminal Justice/Criminology Program
The Criminal Justice/Criminology major develops in students an understanding and appreciation of the various dynamics related to criminality, the law, and its enforcement. Grounded in an interdisciplinary approach to examining crime as a social phenomenon, the major combines an emphasis on theoretical learning with professional field based education.
Criminal Justice/Criminology students receive professional instruction regarding the operating structures and processes of the various social agencies charged with the control of criminality in society and they have the opportunity to engage in research related to diverse issues associated with crime’s occurrence.
The Maryville student who majors in Criminal Justice/Criminology is prepared for a variety of career trajectories. For students interested in working within the criminal justice system upon graduation, the Criminal Justice/Criminology major prepares them for jobs in law enforcement, probation and parole, and community service. The program’s unique partnership with the St. Louis County Municipal Police Academy allows interested students to earn college credit while training to become a certified police officer. For students interested in pursuing a graduate degree, the Criminal Justice/Criminology major with its grounding in the social sciences has proven to be excellent preparation for future success in both graduate and law school.