The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice program prepares students for graduate school or an entry-level position in the criminal justice field. The criminology major is interdisciplinary in that faculty have been trained in a number of fields and are thus able to offer students a diversity of courses. Students receive exposure to the most recent thinking and research in each substantive area.

Criminology students can begin a criminal justice career before graduation through internships in all areas – police work, the courts, customs, corrections, juvenile facilities, enforcement, investigation, safety and security, public defender’s office, etc. – and on all levels of government.

UT student takes a photo with Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister as part of her internship.
UT students have internship opportunities with national and local law enforcement agencies, such as the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The program offers small classes and individualized guided research projects. Judges, lawyers, government officials, public defenders, state attorneys, U.S. Customs officials, law enforcement personnel and FBI agents are frequent guest speakers. Students participate in “working tours” at the Arcadia State Hospital, Florida Bar Conferences, juvenile detention center, crime labs and adult correctional facilities.

Students have opportunities for comparative summer studies in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland. These trips allow students to compare enforcement and criminal justice systems not just in a textbook, but in the countries themselves.

Students gather around a podium at the Parliament of Catalonia during a criminology travel course.During a recent travel course, students examined the criminal justice systems of Barcelona, Rome and Athens.
Here they are shown in the Parliament of Catalonia.

Topics of Study Faculty have been trained in a number of fields and are able to offer students a diversity of courses. more » close »

  • law enforcement
  • law and justice
  • corrections
  • forensic science
  • juvenile justice
  • criminal investigation

Career Opportunities Graduates of the program are prepared for some of today's most fascinating and rewarding careers. more » close »

Students who choose to enter the workforce after graduation have found employment in a variety of criminal justice agencies, such as U.S. Customs, Associated Marine Institutes (alternative juvenile facility), Capital Collateral (Florida’s Death Penalty Appellate Agency), Bay Area Youth Services and police departments throughout the nation. Graduates of the criminology and criminal justice department have held the following positions:

    • Mayor, Tampa
    • Police chief, Tampa
    • Attorney, Winston and Strawn, Chicago
    • Senior psychologist, Florida State Prison
    • Senior fraud recovery officer, Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union
    • Bilingual securities international processing representative, Citigroup
    • Intelligence analyst, FBI
    • Fraud analyst, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
    • Senior probation counselor, Salvation Army Correctional Services

    On Campus Associations Students in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice may choose to participate in the following organizations. more » close »

    • Alpha Phi Sigma (national honor society for criminology students)
    • Criminology Club
    • Criminology Scholars Program