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.

Criminal Justice considers 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.


Washington Semester

The Washington Semester, administered by The American University in Washington, enables you to obtain valuable work and study experiences within governmental or private agencies or institutions in the nation’s capital. You’ll enroll in special seminars and engage in research and career-oriented work experiences.

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
  • Probation Officer
  • Evidence Technician
  • Criminologist


Christina NealChristina Neal ‘15

After graduation, Christina was offered the job of her dreams through the Department of Energy as a Federally Contracted Police Officer. She graduated from the Federal Academy that September and was selected to be a member of the DOE’s Ballistic Engineered Armed Response Counter Attack Truck, or BEARCAT sub-group.

I love helping and protecting others. During my first job interview, the first thing my interviewer said to me was that I could be over qualified with what experience and transcript classes I had on my resume. Thanks to Heidelberg, I’ve been able to pursue my passion!


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

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Intro to Criminology Research Methods Victimology Juvenile Justice
Intro to Sociology Corrections Psychology and Law Sociology of Deviance
Policing and Law Enforcement Criminal Procedure and Individual Rights Cities and Societies Criminology Capstone

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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