Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Criminology and Criminal Justice department offers two bachelor's degrees, an associate degree, and multiple minors and certificates. 

  • Both bachelor's degrees are excellent preparation for law or graduate school.

You will learn how the criminal justice system works through a mix of academics in Political Science, Sociology and Criminal Justice, as well as practical field experience.

Degree options:

Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Choose a career track in policing, courts and law, corrections or crimonology.

Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Criminal Intelligence Analysis

  • We are the only university in Ohio to offer this bachelor's degree.

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice 

  • While earning your associate degree, you may step-up to one of the bachelor’s degree programs.

Our Faculty

  • are each experienced professionals in their respective field 
  • are innovative and interactive
  • use current industry standard technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Hands-on experience

Students move from theory to application with hands-on experience in

  • Criminal investigation and forensic labs
  • Urban learning labs (utilizing downtown Akron) for field observations
  • The requirement of at least one internship

Proximity to downtown Akron

Our location in Akron makes it convenient for you to get your foot in the door of real criminal justice agencies while you're earning your degree. There is a high concentration of criminal justice agencies near campus that many students have had success working and interning at while earning their degree. A few examples include:

Student organizations

Interact with other students and professionals in the field through the following organizations: 

  • Criminal Justice Association
  • Sociology Club
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security Student Association
  • Pre-Law Club  

Sample Curriculum



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