criminology class
Type of Degree: Major

Criminology focuses on the study of crimes and their causes, effects, and social impact. You’ll learn how to analyze data to determine why crimes are committed and to find ways to predict, deter, and prevent further criminal behavior. You'll study the nature and organization of power and authority as expressed in the policies, agencies and practices of government. Our program examines all levels of security arrangements, from local to international, and emphasizes the theoretical basis for actions designed to protect persons and property as well as ensure justice and liberty.


Alpha Phi Sigma

Heidelberg's chapter of this national criminology honors society provides its members with additional opportunities to experience, network, and explore the field of criminology through on and off campus events. 

Junior Year Experience

The cornerstone of Heidelberg's criminology major is an in-depth, hands-on experience tailored to your interests and career goals. With the guidance of a faculty mentor, you’ll choose between an internship, research project, or study abroad experience. 

Past Student Internships

•  Seneca County Drug Task Force
•  Tiffin Police Department
•  Seneca County Probation
•  Project HOPE (equine therapy) with juveniles in probation
•  Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs
•  Oriana House: Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

Past Student Research Projects

•  Challenging whether social disorganization theory is still able to predict juvenile delinquency.
•  Exploring societal perceptions of police.
•  Examining how COVID-19 impacts levels of loneliness for people who have and haven't experienced incarceration. 
•  A review of the risk factors of child abuse.
•  Implicit rules of combat: What makes a fair fight? 

Meet the Faculty

Our students say the best part of Heidelberg is working with their professors. Meet the faculty of this department. 


  • US Marshal
  • FBI Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist
  • Criminologist


Below is a sampling of courses offered in criminology. For more information, see the major requirements.

  • Criminal Procedure and Individual Rights
  • Victimology
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Ethical Leadership in criminal justice

For a more detailed academic schedule, or to ask questions about any of our majors, contact the Admission Office at or 419-448-2330.

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