Criminology Department
The bachelor's degree in Criminology at NDMU draws on the theories and science of criminology and sociology to analyze criminal behavior with a focus on social justice. The program takes a holistic approach to understanding the cause of criminal behavior by examining the evolution of criminological theory as well as societal factors at the micro and macro levels. It also explores the complex dynamics of the criminal justice system with an emphasis on how race, class, culture, and gender impact criminal justice and social systems. Our criminology majors develop professional skills that prepare for careers in law, corrections, victim advocacy, and child welfare.
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Criminology vs. Criminal Justice

A major in criminology is distinct from criminal justice because its focus is on uncovering the root causes and consequences of crime, while degrees in criminal justice study the three main elements of the justice system: policing, courts, and corrections. With its theoretical focus, criminology examines patterns related to deviant and criminal behavior, offenders, and victims. Criminology students also learn about the justice system, but from a sociological perspective with a critical eye on the issues of how justice is carried out and how the system can be improved.

Features of the Criminology Program

  • Research – opportunities to actively design and implement research projects
  • Applied Field Experience – field placement provides real, on-the-job experience
  • Professional Development – emphasis on leadership, communication, and interpersonal valued by employers
  • Social Responsibility – special focus on women and trauma with opportunities to work directly with those populations

The Clothesline Project

The clothesline project gives criminology majors an opportunity to visit a correctional facility on several occasions to work with residents and listen to their experiences of survivorship and victimization. The stories are then shared by creating t-shirts which are displayed on a clothesline on the NDMU campus.

Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for full-time criminology majors. Students should consult with the program coordinator for their academic plans as many courses are offered on alternating years.

Fall Spring
First Year
ENG 101 College Writing 4 SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology 3
CRM-101 Introduction to Criminology 3 MAT-215 Basic Statistics 3
NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education 4 General Education/Electives 9
General Education/Electives 6 [15 credits]  
[16 credits]      
Second Year
CRM-203 Theories of Crime 3 CRM-360 Research Methods 4
SOC-209 Race, Class, Gender 3 Criminology Elective 3
PSY-210 Research Methods 4 General Education/Electives 9
General Education/Electives 6 [16 credits]  
[15 credits]      
Third Year
Criminology electives 6 Criminology electives 6
General Education/Electives 9 General Education/Electives 9
[15 credits]   [15 credits]  
Fourth Year
CRM-461 Practicum 4 Departmental Senior Elective 3
General Education/Electives 6 General Education/Electives 9
Criminology elective 3 [12 credits]  
[13 credits]      
Professional Program Advising

If you are interested in pursuing a professional program after graduation, NDMU offers specialized advising to help you prepare.

Types of Professional Programs

  • Business
  • Law School

Pre-professional coordinators can help you:

  • Choose a profession that aligns with your interests and goals
  • Select a bachelor’s degree program that will meet required prerequisites to apply to a professional school
  • Monitor your academic progress through in-depth, one-on-one advising sessions
  • Explore experiential learning opportunities and secure internships
  • Connect with alumni who currently work in the field
  • Prepare for the application process

Learn More About Professional Program Advising

Criminology Minors

At NDMU, our strength is our ability to weave your unique interests into your individual education. Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to craft an experience that aligns to your aspirations.


The Minor in Criminology provides a basic understanding of criminal behavior and the criminal justice system today. It prepares for careers that include policymaking, community action, social research, criminal justice careers, federal service careers, and social services.

Majors that often add a criminology minor include Political ScienceChemistryComputer Information Systems, and Psychology.


The Minor in Sociology examines the inner workings of social institutions, patterns of social relationships, and the collective behavior of organized groups to better understand society and the roles we play. Courses explore social issues including crime, education, poverty, immigration, institutional discrimination, and prejudice.

Sociology is a versatile minor that could be applied to any number of majors. Popular majors that often add a sociology minor include ArtBusinessEducationCommunication ArtsCriminologyPhilosophyReligious StudiesPsychology, and Political Science.


One of the hallmarks of the rich educational environment at NDMU is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest. Our annual Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the NDMU community.

Practicum Experience

Criminology majors complete a supervised field experience in their fourth year. More than an internship, the practicum experience integrates theory, science, and practice.

Practicum placements are selected based on learning objectives to prepare you for graduate school or entry level employment.

Examples of Field Placements

Criminology Careers

The criminology major prepares graduates to pursue a wide variety of career paths in law, corrections, law enforcement, victim advocacy, child welfare, and juvenile justice.

Employment Opportunities

  • Nonprofit Agencies – Social Worker, Policy Advocate, Research Analyst
  • State & Federal Courts – Victim Advocate, Lawyer, Judiciary Clerk, Court Bailiff
  • Corrections Departments – Correctional, Probation, or Parole Officer
  • Law Enforcement Agencies – State or Local Police, Sheriff's Deputy, School Resource Officer, Detective
  • Juvenile Justice Agencies – Caseworker, Juvenile Probation, Parole or Corrections Officer