Criminology & Criminal Justice

Criminology & Criminal Justice

The criminology and criminal justice major offers coursework in criminal behavior, policing, law and courts, and community and institutional corrections. Throughout the program, our courses emphasize the importance of research-based knowledge, multiple theoretical perspectives, real-world practice and ethical decision-making. We also strongly encourage students to engage in experiential learning through internships with criminal justice, juvenile justice and human services agencies.

Students with a criminology degree from UNI get the same jobs as students with a Criminal Justice degree from other institutions. Our alums have recently gotten jobs with the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Johnston Police Department, Department of Correctional Services, Boys Town, Central Iowa Juvenile Detention, and Eldora State Training School. 


The criminology major prepares criminal justice professionals to understand established patterns of crime and the criminal justice system, communicate effectively in academic and professional contexts, engage in critical and informed decision making, and work in a diverse society.


Introduction to Sociology is a prerequisite for many upper-division courses. Courses listed at the 3000 or 4000 level at UNI cannot be transferred from community colleges.



Criminology internships provide experiential leaning opportunities in a variety of criminal justice settings. Placements include, but are not limited to: police/sheriff departments, private security, adult probation/parole, prosecutor and defense attorney practices, Division of Criminal Investigation and juvenile facilities. Students can earn up to three credit hours toward the major.

Association of Criminology Students

The Association of Criminology Students organizes field trips and other events related to crime and justice such as guest speakers, movies, field trips and community service events.

Dallas Police Officer John Chase

The John Chase Memorial Scholarship honors the life of the late John Chase, a UNI criminology alumnus who was killed in the line of duty while working for the Dallas Police Department. This is a partial scholarship awarded to a criminology student in his or her junior or senior year. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences scholarships are available to incoming freshmen in a $5,000 per year rate on a competitive basis. Applicants must complete a test and interview on campus in the spring semester. Alderman scholarships, approximately $5,000, can be awarded to “worthy, needy and appreciative” students by the college.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


Community Officer

Youth Counselor



Law Enforcement

Probation and Parole

Domestic/Sexual Assault Advocate

Juvenile Court Officer

Youth Specialist

Residential Officer

Correctional Officer

Private/Public Security

Public Policy

Crime Analysis and Research



Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Mark Grey
Associate Professor of Criminology
(319) 273-2473

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