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Bachelor's Degree | On-Campus

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Put theory into practice

Connect law with social justice

Explore the relationship between crime and society, examine the criminal justice system, and study the connections between law and social justice. The research focus of this program will provide you with a strong foundation for leadership and analytic positions.

Within this major, you may pursue a forensic psychology concentration which provides a greater emphasis on psychology.

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Contact an enrollment counselor with any questions you have about the program.

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Career Outcomes

Where a criminology degree can take you

This degree will prepare you for a rewarding career in law enforcement, juvenile justice, the court system, corrections, counseling, and victim services, or help you easily transition into a related graduate program.

  • Juris Doctorate Candidate

    Law School

  • Deputy Probation Officer

    County Sheriff’s Department

  • Crime Analyst

    Law Enforcement Agency

Facts and Figures

Why HNU?


Student to Faculty Ratio


All of our full-time undergraduate students receive financial assistance from Holy Names.


84% of students consider their HNU advisor their mentor.

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HNU professor Chico Sawada and guest at Oakland International Film Fest at Holy Names University
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The HNU Experience

Educating the Whole

• Internship opportunities at law enforcement and probation offices, juvenile justice and victimology organizations, and legal settings.

• Visits to local jails and prisons.

• Lectures from local activists and experts.

• Oakland International Film Festival on-campus screening and panel discussions on subjects such as restorative justice and community-building.

A program sneak preview

Sample courses

Here are just a few of the courses you may take.

The Criminal Justice System

Examine the criminal justice system, including the roles played by police, judges, lawyers, therapists and other advocates.

Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

Learn about the major theoretical traditions for understanding crime and deviance, as well as the policy implications and social control methods.

Community-Based Learning Opportunities

Learn while doing. These courses enable students to complete an internship with organizations that work within the criminal justice system.