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Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Dearborn Heights, MI, United States
As a major in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies program of University of Michigan-Dearborn, you will examine political, economic and cultural patterns that shape definitions of crime and learn how you can work to influence the policy choices that respond to criminal activity.
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Taught by a diverse group of nationally and regionally recognized educators, the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies program of University of Michigan-Dearborn combines courses in social and behavioral sciences, the physical sciences, statistics and the humanities to show the complexity involved with maintaining social order in a constitutional democracy committed to individual freedom, equality and justice.

Through personalized internships that provide field experiences and unique programs like the Inside-Out Prison Exchange, you can actively gain a holistic understanding of the justice system. Criminal justice majors at UM-Dearborn go into careers in public security, criminal justice administration, law and paralegal professions, public administration, policy analysis and more.

What Will I Learn?

  • Knowledge of what motivates criminal behavior, formal and informal mechanisms of social control, and criminological theory
  • Knowledge of the components of crime including elements of felony and misdemeanor offenses, basic criminal law, and enforcement procedure
  • Knowledge of key policy and ethical issues pertaining to justice in a democratic society
  • Skills in professional and persuasive communication, writing skills, and ability to report findings
  • Ability to use key research principles to locate, read, understand, and critically analyze criminal justice publications and data
  • Ability to apply criminal justice learning to create solutions and procedures that are consistent with sound criminological theory

Plan for Life After Graduation

The program is a gateway to the criminal justice system, including police agencies, prosecutors, the legal profession, the courts, and correctional agencies, among others. You can also advance your career with a Michigan graduate degree from University of Michigan-Dearborn in the rapidly growing criminal justice profession with a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Legal Ethics
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Justice Systems and Policy
  • Criminal Justice Theory

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Submitted online application
  • Official high school academic documents
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5928 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dearborn Heights

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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