Dominican's research-focused criminology program combines social science with applied professional preparation.

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Explore the relationship between crime and society, examine the criminal justice system and study the connections between law and social justice. The research focus of this program will provide you with a strong foundation for leadership and analytic positions.

Program Highlights

  • Internship opportunities at law enforcement and probation offices, juvenile justice and victimology organizations as well as legal settings.
  • Visits to local jails and prisons.
  • Lectures from local activists and experts.

Career Paths

This degree will prepare you for a rewarding career in law enforcement, juvenile justice, the court system, corrections, counseling and victim services, or help you easily transition into a related graduate program. Some careers graduates pursue include: 

  • Deputy Probation Officer, County Sheriff’s Department
  • Crime analyst, jury consultant and a variety of law enforcement agencies


  • Apply criminological, sociological, and psychological theories to analyze and understand crime and criminal behavior.
  • Critically analyze the social-historical context of crime and criminal behavior, including its legal, social, and economic dimensions within the United States and internationally.
  • Apply social science research methods to analyze policy responses to crime and criminological research.
  • Apply criminological knowledge and skills in the community and/or public

Degrees Offered


Course Catalog

Learning Outcomes

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a top-ranked, private University like Dominican is deliberately affordable and accessible! More than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive significant financial aid through merit- and need-based scholarships as well as state and federal aid. Additionally, for most students, there is no application fee, and we don't ask for test scores. Get in touch with a counselor to learn more about your path to an exceptional college experience at Dominican!

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Career Exploration and Internships

We guide you in self-awareness, career exploration, internship experience, and job search preparation through individual counseling, career programs, and connections with employers and alumni.

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Pre-Law Track

Interested in the legal field? Check out our Pre-Law track!

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