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In Vermont State University’s Criminology Concentration within the Criminal Justice program, you’ll study why people break the law and what causes crime rates to rise and fall. You’ll learn about the latest criminological research, including recent studies on law enforcement, the legal system, and correctional programs. You'll also gain extensive first-hand knowledge of the full criminal justice system through in-depth field observations, ride-alongs, and internships—which often lead to job offers.

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Why Study Criminology at Vermont State

  • Comprehensive Understanding: You’ll study more than just the fundamentals of criminology—you will study crime through a different lens and develop an understanding of the causes of criminal behavior.  
  • Career Preparation: You will be ready for graduate school or a career in a variety of in-demand professions within law enforcement, corrections, or juvenile justice.
  • Flexibility: Complete one or two concentrations—it’s up to you. You’ll be able to make a degree plan that matches your interests and aspirations. 
  • Strong Alumni Network: Vermont State alumni work in the U.S. and abroad in a range of fields and are ready to help you discover opportunities and develop your skills. 

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Sample Courses

  • White-Collar Crime 
  • Race, Class, Gender, and Crime 
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Peacemaking Criminology 
  • Law and Society 

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Student Stories

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“I spent most of my time in the B5 Barracks in New Haven, Vermont, where I was able to get the first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a Vermont State Trooper every day.”

Josh Sickles

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