The study of crime prepares students for any field within the criminal justice system. Studying criminal events, the correctional system, and those involved with criminal offenses including victims, perpetrators, and law enforcement officials, helps students make the world a better place after graduation.
Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:
Students often enter this major with the sense that they’d like to help others, whether juveniles or adults, and begin working in three stages:
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Many students find that adding psychology or social work helps them take a closer look at the brain, behavior, and what society is doing in terms of caretaking and prevention. These students are taking a cross-disciplinary approach and may even consider attending graduate school after BVU.
More than half a dozen BVU students have attended Prague Summer School on Crime, Law, and Psychology, an international conference bringing students together from across the globe. This opportunity allows students to discuss issues such as prevention and education around the world.
Students present research findings on topics such as methods of crime and punishment, cognitive issues, and group dynamics related to crime at BVU's annual Scholars Day. And, through the BVU organization "SAVE," students engage in group discussions, preparing them for related issues in the workplace.
National connections through BVU
BVU students want to be a part of the positive solution in crime in the U.S., which is why the conferences they attend and the research they present is 100 percent intentional and meaningful.. For example, BVU students present at the annual American Society of Criminology Conference where they also connect with graduate students, professors, and professionals. But what else do they learn about there? Projects on certain neighborhood crime, high crime rates, and how crime works in an environmental level. Who’s to say you can’t work in a national park with a criminal justice and criminology major?!
An educational background to succeed
Considering becoming a police officer, but want to have a deeper understanding of crime with a bachelor’s degree? BVU students learn how officers make good decisions, and how society prepares officers for the important job. For students looking to excel in a police force to a management position, or simply be the most effective police officer possible, they seek a greater understanding of society and are able to answer questions on the why’s of crime taught by BVU, providing the proper skills to lead others.
This track is designed for graduate school preparation.
This track is designed for career preparation.