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About the program

The Criminology program at St. Mary’s University integrates liberal studies with professional preparation of the student. Individuals who are interested in pursing a career in the research or evaluation of crime control and crime prevention programs should consider majoring in Criminology.

Criminal justice professionals and criminologists have assumed a central role in researching, formulating, implementing and evaluating public policy designed to control crime. Crime transcends all geographical, social and economic boundaries, affecting all countries and demographic strata.

Controlling crime requires knowledge of individual and social factors that lead to criminal behavior, and strategies and practices to control crime.

Criminology is the study of the causes, prevention and treatment of criminal behavior, and the social and environmental factors that are associated with crime in society.

Criminology explores the relationship between the field of criminology, criminal justice organizations, and social service agencies whose responsibility it is to control crime and protect society. Students are introduced to the roles of the offender, victim and society in exploring the reasons why criminal behavior occurs.

Students can pursue one of the following program options:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology – Degree Plan
  • Bachelor or Arts in Criminology with Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program – Degree Plan
  • Minor in Criminology – Minor Plan

Courses and degree plan

Criminology Requirements and Degree Plan

Criminology with Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Requirements and Degree Plan

Criminology Minor Requirements and Plan

Law School Options

For more information about any of these law-related programs, please see the School of Law Admission section.

Internship Opportunities

Many of our students have earned internships at places such as the:

  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • Texas Department of Human Services
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • National Park Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Fire Marshall
  • Emergency Management

Career Opportunities

Many of our graduates have gained employment as:

  • Police officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Forensic science technician
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Criminal profiler
  • Jury consultant
  • Expert witness
  • Private investigator
  • Insurance fraud investigator
  • Security specialist

Learn more about the St. Mary's Criminology Program