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Criminology and Criminal Justice

Are you interested in understanding the causes and consequences of criminal behavior? Do you want to learn about how the police, courts, and corrections respond to crime? If you are motivated to help build a safer, more just society, you may want to study criminal justice.

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UTSA’s Criminal Justice Program

UTSA’s Criminology and Criminal Justice degree includes subjects like policing, investigations, forensic science, violent crime, the legal system, victimology and more. You’ll take classes at the Downtown Campus, which grants convenient access to both downtown San Antonio and dozens of nearby internship opportunities from local, county, state and federal agencies.

Looking to get out of the country? You could even travel to Spain as part of a study abroad program that engages students in a comparative study of criminal justice. This program provides the opportunity to become a well-rounded graduate in an increasingly globalized world and to pursue professional careers in government or the private sector as well as apply to law or graduate schools. You could also work to improve government institutions that deter and mitigate crime and promote a safer community for all.

After you receive your degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UTSA, you will

  • Understand the causes and consequences of crime and the criminal justice system, including police, courts and corrections.
  • Be able to identify effective policies and practices to address crime and justice issues.
  • Understand research practices and be able to critically evaluate criminal justice studies.

Careers in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Top job titles for Criminology and Criminal Justice graduates include:

• Investigator
• Police Officer
• Probation Officer
• Security Officer
• Police Chief

Criminology and Criminal Justice and its related career pathways are currently in much lower than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Denver, CO, and New York City, NY. More than 144,000 Criminal Justice-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduates

Criminology and Criminal Justice is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of CCriminology and Criminal Justice-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Government
• Investigation and Security
• Justice, Public Order and Safety
• National Security
• Higher Education

Salaries for Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduates

The salary range for open Criminology and Criminal Justice-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $31,458
median $46,800
top 10% $77,296

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Criminology and Criminal Justice Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Criminology and Criminal Justice may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You like being physically active
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are a good planner


Student Spotlight

Odalys Vielma ’18

Criminal Justice Major

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