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Criminology and Criminal Justice

MSU's criminology and criminal justice program focuses on understanding the causes of crime. You will explore topics like problem-solving in the courts, drug and mental health treatment, and innovations in theoretical and empirical work in the study of etiology, prevention and treatment of crime.

Coursework includes:

  • Global crime and terrorism
  • Working with offenders
  • Police culture


These programs are offered at the Morehead campus.


You may pursue the following program areas and minors:

Program Requirements

  • The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see MSU's admission requirements.
  • For course lists and program requirements please refer to the undergraduate catalog.
  • You must complete 48 credit hours of sociology and criminology courses including the senior capstone, an internship and internship seminar as well as a research methods and data analysis course. You must also maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA in the major and earn a C or better in all required course work for the major. You will complete an exit exam for the major and be a part of a survey for graduates.
  • View courses and curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Criminology is a growing field with numerous employment opportunities at local, state and federal levels, including:

  • Community treatment centers
  • Corrections
  • Court administration
  • Federal criminal justice administration
  • Homeland security
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law and law enforcement
  • Public defender offices
  • Substance abuse counseling

Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.