“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Criminology is the study of crime and related issues from a liberal arts/social scientific perspective. When you have completed this major you will have an understanding of the theories, practices and trends in crime and in the criminal justice systems in our society. Courses focus on understanding how and why crime and/or deviance occurs in society, ways to measure and examine these trends and possible steps to intervene or punish those who break the rules. This is a field that offers students major flexibility in working in a variety of fields. Students are encouraged to double major or add a minor in Foreign Languages, Biology or Chemistry (for forensics), Computer Science, Business or Accounting, Psychology, Social Work, International Studies, or many more. Talk to Dr. Brown or Dr. Hess (click to get to our email) or call (919) 760-8590 or drop by Joyner 212.
What is the advantage of attending a Women's College and majoring in Criminology?
A major advantage of earning a Criminolgy major at Meredith College is the fact that at all levels of law enforcement, agencies are actively recruiting women. While you are on campus you will have opportunities to meet with reprsentatives from many federal, state and local government and/or law enforcement agencies who are recruiting for entry level jobs. Many agencies target our campus specifically for this reason. In addition, the Criminology program advocates a strong "hands on" approach in terms of networking and in your required internship in the community, an opportunity that may lead to a career. There will be multiple speakers from all sorts of agencies on campus during CSI Week in the Fall, Sociology Week in the Spring and in many of the Criminology courses as speakers. Students will work closely with their advisor in finding and completing an internship in an agency or related organization that matches their interest in their future career goals. Go to the Field Work page to learn more.