Criminology is the study of crime and related issues from a liberal arts/social scientific perspective. As a criminology major, you’ll explore the theories, practices, and trends in crime and in the criminal justice systems in our society. You’ll focus on understanding how and why crime occurs, ways to examine these trends, and possible steps to intervene or punish those who break the law. And you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for a career in the criminal justice field.


In most criminology programs, the majority of students are men. Because law enforcement agencies are seeking to hire more women, they frequently come to Meredith’s campus and talk with students about possible careers.

In addition, our location in the state capital with multiple levels of law enforcement agencies offers numerous opportunities for networking and excellent placements for field research and internships.

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Meredith College prepares women graduates for careers in criminology through a focus on leadership development, multiple internships, and opportunities to connect with local, state, and national professionals in the field.

Natalya Brown

Inspired by a study abroad experience and with guidance from her faculty mentor, honors student Natalya Brown, ’21, chose to pursue three majors: Spanish, criminology, and sociology.

La’Meshia Whittington

La’Meshia Whittington, ’16, is co-founder of TW2 Inc., a nonprofit that she started when she was a teenager.

Bailey Dunn

As a sociology and criminology major, Bailey Dunn, ’15, conducted in-depth undergraduate research.