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What Can You Do with a Criminology/Criminal Justice Degree?

Criminology and criminal justice at Keuka College offers a unique program encompassing both criminology and criminal justice to give you a more complete education and to better prepare you for your career.

Criminology, a sub-field of sociology, is the scientific study of crime. It includes an examination of the social origins of criminal law, the causes of criminal behavior, and societal strategies to control and prevent crime.

Criminal Justice involves the study of law-enforcement agencies, courts, corrections, and criminal law and the relationships among them.

The core of our major in enhanced by the inclusion of courses in political science, sociology and psychology.

Our small college environment allows our faculty members to spend the time that is needed to establish and maintain vital and effective advising relationships with our students. This allows our students to supplement their major with carefully chosen relevant courses, such as accounting, organizational management, biology, American Sign Language, and other social sciences.

Many of our students also complete a minor in another discipline such as psychology, sociology, or Spanish. Some students are able to complete a double major.

Learn more about majoring in Criminology/Criminal Justice at Keuka College.

Criminology/Criminal Justice Internships & Field Periods

Students working toward a criminology/criminal justice degree at Keuka College must complete a 140-hour internship each year—we call this Field Period.

Here's where some of our criminology/criminal justice students have recently done their Field Periods. All of these organizations have indicated they'd be interested in hosting Keuka students in the future.

Anna Maria Island Community Center
Anna Maria, Fla.
Auburn Police Department
Auburn, N.Y.
Batavia Town Hall
Batavia, N.Y.
Belosky Construction Inc.
Horseheads, N.Y.
Benchmark Builders
Grand Island, N.Y.
Boy Scouts of America, Finger Lakes Council
Geneva, N.Y.
Brockport Central School District
Brockport, N.Y.
Canandaigua VA Medical Center
Canandaigua, N.Y.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Manchester, N.H.
Cayuga County District Attorney's Office
Auburn, N.Y.
Children's Home of Jefferson County
Watertown, N.Y.
Churchville-Chili Central School District
Rochester, N.Y.
Cooperstown Central School
Cooperstown, N.Y.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County
Canandaigua, N.Y.
Cutting Construction
Fillmore, N.Y.
Dewitt Police Department
East Syracuse, N.Y.
Elmira Police Department
Elmira, N.Y.
Florida States Attorney's Office
Tallahassee, Fla.
Fort Campbell Kentucky
Fort Campbell, Ky.
Getinge USA, Inc.
Rochester, N.Y.
Hartman Hand and Occupational Therapy
Rochester, N.Y.
Herkimer Girls Softball League
Herkimer, N.Y.
Herkimer Police Department
Herkimer, N.Y.
Hillside Family Agencies
Romulus, N.Y.
Hope Unites
Dansville, N.Y.
Jefferson County Probation Office
Watertown, N.Y.
Kids Adventure Times
Penn Yan, N.Y.
Law Office of Gerard Decusatis
Amsterdam, N.Y.
Lenox Police Department
Lenox, Mass.
Livingston County Sheriff
Geneseo, N.Y.
Monroe County Coroner/Medical Examiner
Rochester, N.Y.
Monroe County Correctional Facility
Rochester, N.Y.
Monroe County Sheriff
Rochester, N.Y.
Nashua New Hampshire Police Department
Nashua, N.H.
Neighborhood Empowerment Teams
Rochester, N.Y.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Schenectady, N.Y.
New York State Park Police
Seneca Falls, N.Y.
New York State Police Department
Central Square, N.Y.
New York State Troopers
Canandaigua, N.Y.
Newark Police Department
Newark, N.Y.
North Royalton Police Department
North Royalton, Ohio
Oneida City Police Department
Oneida, N.Y.
Onondaga County Department of Mental Health
Syracuse, N.Y.
Onondaga County District Attorney's Office
Syracuse, N.Y.
Oswego County Sheriff's Department
Oswego, N.Y.
Pathways, Inc.
Corning, N.Y.
Petro Truck Stop
Waterloo, N.Y.
Realty USA
Cooperstown, N.Y.
Rochester City Court/Drug Treatment Court
Rochester, N.Y.
Rome Police Department
Rome, N.Y.
Saratoga Springs Emergency Medical Services
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Solvay Union Free School District
Solvay, N.Y.
Steuben County Public Defenders Office
Bath, N.Y.
Syracuse City School District
Syracuse, N.Y.
Taberg Residential Center
Taberg, N.Y.
The Vera House
Syracuse, N.Y.
Vera House
Syracuse, N.Y.
Vermont State Police
East Middlebury, Vt.
Veteran Affairs Police Department
Canandaigua, N.Y.
Wellness G.I.F.T.S.
Bath, N.Y.
Wilkes Barre City Police Department
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
Wyoming County Probation Dept.
Warsaw, N.Y.
Yates County Office of Emergency Management
Penn Yan, N.Y.
Yates County Sheriff's Department
Penn Yan, N.Y.
Yorkville Police Department
Yorkville, N.Y.

Criminology/Criminal Justice Major Skills

What type of skills do Criminology/Criminal Justice majors need to be successful? Here's a sampling.

  • Ability to identify and analyze social problems and develop solutions
  • Broad understanding of criminal law and the criminal justice system
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Ethics and moral values
  • Interviewing skills
  • Knowledge of legal structures
  • Quantitative skills
  • Research strategies
  • Skills in research and scientific methodology
  • Understanding the nature of crimes
  • Written & presentation skills

What Can I Do with a Criminology/Criminal Justice Degree?

With a Criminology/Criminal Justice degree, you can find a career in the following:

  • Child Welfare
  • Corrections
  • Counter Intelligence
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Customs
  • FBI and Secret Service
  • Homeland Security
  • Juvenile Justice Services
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Military
  • Probation
  • Research
  • Victim Services

Average Annual Salary

$37,500 - Law Enforcement, $29,000 - Customer Service