The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminology. The Criminology major is grounded in the discipline of sociology and supports the Forensic Science Initiative at West Virginia University. The criminology focus provides an understanding of society as a normative order with ever-changing definitions of conformity and deviance. Through an examination of the social foundations of law, the operation of the criminal justice system, and such urgent problems as juvenile delinquency, corporate crime, hate crime, terrorism, and organized crime, students develop a new understanding of the public order and public policy.
The Criminology major prepares students for a variety of careers in the public, private, and non profit sectors and for graduate programs in sociology, criminology, criminal justice, forensic investigation, public administration and law.
Pre-majors in Criminology will be advised at the Undergraduate Advising Services Center until they attain sophomore standing, at which point they will be advised in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. To obtain major status students must apply for admission to the major.