Criminology and Law Studies Major

Ours is a culture fascinated by crime, criminal behavior and the justice system. The criminology major moves beyond simple fascination to investigate causes and prevention of criminal behavior, as well as the meaning and application of the legal process, law enforcement, court management and correctional treatment, as each affects the rights and responsibilities of citizens.


Marquette’s competitive internship program offers our criminology majors experiences in Milwaukee-area law enforcement agencies, correctional settings, court offices and legal research bureaus.

Learn from the pros.

Your courses will be taught by some of the nation’s leading criminology scholars and field professionals. They have distinguished themselves in their fields, and their expertise has been sought by print and broadcast media, including national programs such as NBC’s Dateline.

Thinking about law school?

When you combine the legal foundations of the criminology major with anthropology, history, philosophy or sociology, you will be well-equipped with the intellectual tools you’ll need for law school.

Get connected.

Join the Criminology and Law Society and you’ll have many opportunities to meet with speakers from the FBI, local law enforcement and the district attorney’s office and the fields of forensic science and probation and parole.

Great mixer.

If you’re interested in a career helping victims of crimes, you can combine the criminology major with a major or minor in social welfare and justice. Likewise, psychology majors often take advantage of this major’s specialized courses to get their unique perspectives and to prepare for further studies in criminal psychology.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Police and Society or Police Organization and Administration
  • Criminal Court Process
  • Methods of Criminological Research or Methods of Social Research
  • Corrections: Prisons, Probation and Parole
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Criminology Internship or Criminology Elective

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in criminology, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.