Buena Vista University

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology is the science of understanding crime, its causes, its effects, and its prevention. If you have thought about becoming a criminology major, you might already be interested in these topics. With us, you can study the methods of law enforcement, judicial action, and systems in place to enforce the law. The criminal justice major draws from a variety of disciplines and consists of coursework in theory, organization, law, and practice. Whether you are already involved in a branch of the law or simply have been drawn to it, a college degree in criminology and criminal justice can prepare you to take a lead in this fast-growing field or pursue an advanced graduate or professional degree.

Students in this bachelor’s degree program can take advantage of our approach to adult learning and degree completion through day and evening classes, online learning, and a hybrid approach that blends both. Whether you want a pre-law degree or to pursue other areas, we offer students looking for criminal justice schools in Iowa and beyond a place to get started.

Through this professional studies program, students can study such critical areas as:

Employment opportunities include:

BVU offers this criminology and criminal justice major at multiple locations. Through our partnership with several community colleges in Iowa, we make your commute short and conducive to your needs.

Courses of study

Major in Criminology and Criminal Justice: 48 credit hours

Support work:

CRIM 230 Survey of Criminal Courts or PSCN 240 Judicial Process
PSYC 100 General Psychology
PSYC 203 Social Psychology or PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or SCWK 100 Modern Social Problems

6 credit hours from the following, one course must be 200 level or higher:

PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSCN 245 Introduction to American Law
PSCN 465 Civil Liberties
PSPA 165 Introduction to Public Administration
PSPA 320 State and Local Politics
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies

Major courses:

CRIM 101 Criminal Justice Systems
CRIM 102 Survey of Criminology
CRIM 220 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRIM 290 Institutional Corrections or CRIM 291 Community Corrections
CRIM 343 Juvenile Justice Systems
CRIM 398 Criminological Research Methods
CRIM 470 Criminological Theory
CRIM 495 Internship or CRIM 498 Capstone in Criminology and Criminal Justice
6 additional credit hours in CRIM at the 200 level or higher - excluding CRIM 495 Internship

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Buena Vista University
610 W. 4th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588

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