The criminology major offers coursework in criminal behavior, policing, law and courts, and community and institutional corrections. Throughout the program, our courses emphasize the importance of research-based knowledge, multiple theoretical perspectives, real-world practice and ethical decision-making. We also strongly encourage students to engage in experiential learning through internships with criminal justice, juvenile justice and human services agencies.
Students with a Criminology degree from UNI get the same jobs as students with a Criminal Justice degree from other institutions. Our alums have recently gotten jobs with the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Johnston Police Department, Department of Correctional Services, Boys Town, Central Iowa Juvenile Detention, and Eldora State Training School.
The criminology major prepares criminal justice professionals to understand established patterns of crime and the criminal justice system, communicate effectively in academic and professional contexts, engage in critical and informed decision making, and work in a diverse society.
Introduction to Sociology is a prerequisite for many upper-division courses. Courses listed at the 3000 or 4000 level at UNI cannot be transferred from community colleges.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Criminology internships provide experiential leaning opportunities in a variety of criminal justice settings. Placements include, but are not limited to: police/sheriff departments, private security, adult probation/parole, prosecutor and defense attorney practices, Division of Criminal Investigation and juvenile facilities. Students can earn up to three credit hours toward the major.
The Association of Criminology Students organizes field trips and other events related to crime and justice such as guest speakers, movies, field trips and community service events.
The John Chase Memorial Scholarship honors the life of the late John Chase, a UNI criminology alumnus who was killed in the line of duty while working for the Dallas Police Department. This is a partial scholarship awarded to a criminology student in his or her junior or senior year. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences scholarships are available to incoming freshmen in a $5,000 per year rate on a competitive basis. Applicants must complete a test and interview on campus in the spring semester. Alderman scholarships, approximately $5,000, can be awarded to “worthy, needy and appreciative” students by the college.
COMMON CAREER AREAS*
Probation and Parole
Domestic/Sexual Assault Advocate
Juvenile Court Officer
Crime Analysis and Research
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