Major in Criminology and Law Studies

Criminology and law studies delves beyond the criminal justice system and sources of crime and delinquency and challenges students to develop critical thinking skills, professional ethics and perspective on how the criminal justice system relates to everyday life. Its end goal is to improve the implementation of public policy.

The criminal justice system has become an important, modern institution that manages people, property and public resources in a way that wasn't envisioned 20 or 30 years ago. Students in this major will learn state-of-the-art strategies for managing criminal justice system resources and assets.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of criminological concepts, process and theories.
  2. Recognize and analyze ethical dilemmas in the criminal justice system.
  3. Understand and apply various research methods used in the criminal justice system.
  4. Understand and respect cultural diversity in the criminal justice system.

Who is it for?

The degree is ideal for individuals interested in law enforcement, the justice system (human resources, education, information systems) and pre-law students.

The CRLS major promotes the development of professional and applied skills. It integrates theory with practice through programming that emphasizes public policy in action, current events, cutting-edge programs that improve employee performance and best practices. Though the the curriculum focuses on justice-related issues, students will find the degree also applies to private sector fields in which legal analysis and communication skills are essential.

Potential careers

Case worker; corrections officer; deputy sheriff; federal, state and local government agencies; forensic investigator; human services administrator; law clerk; litigation assistant; police officer; probation or parole officer; public safety specialist; security agent; victim specialist; youth counselor.

Courses, minor in Criminology and Law Studies

The major requires 30 credit hours (10 courses). The minor requires 18 credit hours (6 courses). More...

Student profiles

Kyle Konkol

Criminology and Law Studies '05
Probation/Parole Agent State of Wisconsin
Department of Corrections

"The College of Professional Studies offered me the opportunity to return to college and succeed as an adult learner with family and career obligations. Not only did the college offer me a nationally-known and respected learning experience, but it led to an increased level of self-knowledge and a boost to my self-confidence."


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Email the college

Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298