Program Overview

Are you committed to promoting social equality in law enforcement and criminal justice reform? Curious about how the criminal legal system operates in society as an agent of control? An interdisciplinary major grounded in the liberal arts, Criminology at UNE focuses on the study of the social construction of crime and criminals, theories of illegal and deviant behavior, social reaction to crime, and the effectiveness of anti-crime policies. You emerge prepared, through hands-on classroom learning and real-world research and professional experiences, for a variety of rewarding careers in this dynamic field.

Why UNE for Criminology

Criminology is an exciting field in which to work – and, at UNE, it’s an exciting one to study as well. With student engagement as a top priority, we offer hands-on classroom experiences, research opportunities, and internships that make for an incredible student experience as well as an impressive resume for potential employers or graduate/professional schools.

  • Emphasis on engaging internships and capstone experience
  • Development of in-demand liberal arts skills
  • Travel abroad opportunities
  • Strong job and graduate school placement rates


Criminology professionals may work in a variety of environments, including police stations, courts, prisons, government agencies, and a variety of non-profits, including victim advocacy groups. A degree in Criminology will position you well for careers such as:

  • Jury Consultant
  • Probation Officer
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Criminal Attorney
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Criminology Professor
  • Criminal Policy Analyst

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.


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Examples of Available Courses

The following are examples of the exciting courses that you may take as a Criminology major at UNE:

  • Deviance and Crime
  • The Criminal Legal System
  • Theories of Race and Racism
  • Crime, Media, Culture
  • Human Trafficking
  • Juvenile Delinquency

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Experiential Learning

Our Criminology major’s emphasis on hands-on learning engages you in problem-solving and provides opportunities for experiential learning via student research and professional experiences.


Our database of more than 900 internship sites allows you to gain valuable professional experience as an undergraduate student. You may intern with law offices, legal service organizations, social justice non-profits, government agencies, and other community organizations.

Senior Capstone Experience

You will choose a capstone experience to widen the scope of your expertise. We offer three options:

  • Study abroad with a focused concentration in your coursework
  • Complete an additional internship (This 360-hour experience often leads to a job offer after graduation)
  • Write a senior thesis (with the goal of publishing a professional article)

Global Education

See the World

How does America’s criminal legal system compare to those of other countries? How does culture influence perceptions of crime, criminal behavior, and others’ responses to it? Find out for yourself by spending a semester abroad in one of our programs in Spain, France, Iceland, or Morocco. Alternatively, you may choose a shorter, faculty-led travel course to a country such as Cuba, Kenya, Italy, or Ireland. You may even conduct your capstone project overseas in a particular country of interest.

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