What will I learn?

The Science of Society and Crime

Are you curious about why people engage in crime? Do you want to know what strategies local communities and criminal justice agencies are using to prevent crime?

In this program, you will study the causes and consequences of crime. Coursework in criminology helps students develop an understanding of the factors that influence crime, the effectiveness of crime control policies, and the broader social, cultural and political context of crime and justice.

As a sociology-criminology major, you will learn about the theories commonly used to explain crime and criminality. You will also develop skills important to employers in the fields of law, criminology and criminal justice.

Degree Fit

This program could be a good fit if you:

  • Are curious about the causes of crime
  • Are interested in criminal justice
  • Want use your knowledge and skill to prevent crime and victimization
  • Have a desire to help people
  • Have good writing and communication skills

Career Outcomes

With this degree, you could become a/an:

  • Police officer
  • Crime analyst
  • Lawyer (with additional education)
  • Investigator
  • Correctional worker
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Counselor (with additional education)
  • Victim/witness advocate
  • Criminalist
  • Researcher
  • Federal law enforcement agent

Which department am I in?

College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,840.00 per year
Start date

12 January 2022, 16 May 2022, 22 August 2022


University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive,



83844, United States

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,840.00 per year
Additional charge for web-based Courses: USD $35 per credit
Start date

12 January 2022, 16 May 2022, 22 August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A 2.5 on a 4.0 Grade Point Average scale is required from your secondary school. You must meet criteria for admission to university-level study in your home country.

For international students

Students must have 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA scale is required from secondary school. They must meet criteria for admission to university level study in home country. They should also satisfy the following English language requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 525 on the paper test or 70 on the Internet-based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic score of 48
  • ELS Language Centers, pass of Level 112
  • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English), pass
  • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), pass
  • Cambridge International "O" Levels, pass
  • English proficiency demonstration is waived for any applicant who has a previous degree at an accredited U.S. institution

Priority Application Dates – Fall: May 1; Spring: October 1; Summer: March 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.