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Criminology at WKU

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Program Details
As a scientific discipline, criminology emerged from the field of sociology. Core sociological concepts inform explanations of crime and society’s response to it. WKU’s Bachelor’s Program in Criminology provides students with the opportunity to understand the theoretical principles which guide practical solutions to issues associated with offending, victimization, and interactions with the criminal justice system.
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Job Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs as police officers and detectives are expected to increase by 5% by 2029. A degree in criminology can offer you a competitive advantage in the job market and provide more opportunities for promotion.
Criminology vs. Criminal Justice

According to TheBalanceCareers.com, criminology is the study of crime and its causes, costs, and consequences. ​​Criminal justice is the system in which crimes and criminals are detected, detained, tried, and punished. Further, the field of criminology can lead to improvements across the criminal justice system, including the response to crime and treatment of both victims and criminals. It has also brought some advancements in police tactics and practices, such as community-oriented policing. Finally, the goal of criminology is to determine the root causes of criminal behavior and to develop effective and humane means for addressing and preventing it (TheBalanceCareers.com).

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Benefits of WKU Online

This online degree is designed with convenience and flexibility in mind, allowing you to enroll in the program from anywhere and complete coursework on your own time. 

We also have online resources, tools, and staff available to help you navigate your time at WKU.

Student Testimonial

There's time in my day to study and the on demand program at WKU lets me utilize it, regardless of when and where I am. This is a high-quality education, which is hard to find in many online programs. I cannot recommend this format enough.

Chris Sawyers,
Currently Serving Active Duty Military and Pursuing an Online Degree in Criminology with a Minor in Sociology


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 Last Modified 3/15/21