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


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
  • Psychology and Law

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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