Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

WHY CHOOSE AN ONLINE CRIMINOLOGY DEGREE?

Make justice your pursuit with a Criminology degree from UF Online. You can only crack the case if you have the right tools.

College
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Diploma Title
Bachelor of Arts
With a major in Criminology
Transcript Title
Bachelor of Arts
Major Criminology

The criminology major enables students to understand crime, how society reacts to it (especially through the criminal justice system and law), and the interrelationships between features of law and society. It includes learning about the theories of crime and methods for studying crime, law and society. Offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, this degree gives students a broad perspective on the complex relationships among the legal, social, political, historical and psychological influences impacting crime, justice and legal processes.

The UF Online B.A Criminology degree program examines criminal behavior, criminal justice systems and law from a multidisciplinary, liberal-arts perspective. Ultimately, this equates to UF Criminology graduates that are prepared for careers in the criminal or juvenile justice systems (i.e., courts, law enforcement, corrections) and prepares students for further educational ambitions in law school or graduate school.

In addition to completing all university, college and general degree requirements, students enrolled in the Online Criminology program will have the opportunity to pursue the following:

  • Four core courses including Advanced Principles of Criminal Justice, Criminological Theory, and Law and Society
  • One law-driven requirement such as Law and Legal Process
  • Six criminology and law elective courses, which can be tailored to the student’s individual interests and can include courses like Media and Crime, Juvenile Justice, or Introduction to Law Enforcement

CAREER TRACKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

What professions will a degree in Criminology prepare me for?

Our program prepares students to pursue law school or professional training and provides the necessary skills for students who seek employment immediately after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. B.A. in Criminology graduates can have many career opportunities including:

  • CIA Analyst
  • Court Clerk
  • Criminal Investigator
  • DEA, FBI, or U.S Border Patrol Agent
  • Probation Officer
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
  • Youth Correctional Officer
  • Research Scientist
  • Law Enforcement Officer (with additional training)

Please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or Career One Stop for additional suggestions on further career pathways and opportunities.




WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE TRANSFER APPLICANTS?

Competitive upper division applicants (students with 60 or more college credits earned) should have at least a 2.5 overall GPA, have completed Intro to Statistics 1 (STA 2023) and 9 credits from the following list with at least a 2.5 GPA:

  • Criminology: All CCJ, CJL or CJE prefixes
  • History: United States to 1877 (AMH 2010), United States Since 1877 (AMH 2020)
  • Anthropology: General Anthropology (ANT 2000), Cultural Anthropology (ANT 2410)
  • Economics: Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO 2013), Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 2023)
  • Philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy (PHI 2010), Contemporary Moral Issues (PHI 2630)
  • Political Science: American and Federal Government (POS 2041), American State and Local Government (POS 2112)
  • Psychology: Introduction to Psychology (PSY 2012)
  • Sociology: Principles of Sociology (SYG 2000), Social Problems (SYG 2010)

Note:

  • All courses taken to meet Competitive Admissions Criteria must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • Unsuccessful attempts in courses taken to meet Competitive Admissions Criteria may lower competitiveness.
  • Unsuccessful attempts in additional courses in the desired major may lower competitiveness.
  • Out of state courses used to meet Competitive Admissions Criteria may need to be evaluated by the appropriate department upon admission.

WHY CHOOSE UF ONLINE?

At the University of Florida, our passion goes beyond our walls — and so do our opportunities.

UF Online’s Criminology program opens the door to a variety of fascinating and rewarding careers, as well as a unique opportunity to make the world a better place. This degree program challenges those with an inclination towards analyzing trends and cracking the case. As one of the most popular majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, our online program brings the curriculum to you with convenience, for a fraction of the cost of comparable degree programs.

Designed for students whose commitments make traditional campus attendance impractical, our online program stands at the forefront, providing flexible academic options with the same elite faculty and rigor that makes us a leading university and top research institution. We connect people with opportunities, remove barriers and set the standard for online higher education. UF Online graduates earn the same elite degree they would receive on campus, and they will be at the top of the list for the best employers in the country.