Pre-Criminology and Criminal JusticeCollege of Public Affairs and Community Service

What you will learn

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is committed to educating students for challenging careers in the criminal justice system.

Courses offered by the school are designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of criminology and the criminal justice system and focus on:

  • courts and law
  • law enforcement
  • corrections
  • criminal behavior
  • other contemporary criminal justice topics

Faculty have received widespread recognition for their teaching and research in the profession and challenge students to develop an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, contemporary criminal justice issues and critical reasoning skills needed by future criminal justice professionals.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the program have gone on to successful careers as:

  • prosecutors
  • judges
  • defense attorneys
  • chiefs of police
  • directors of criminal justice agencies
  • federal agents
  • law enforcement officers and investigators
  • correctional caseworkers and administrators
  • probation and parole officers
  • juvenile justice officials
  • researchers and professors
  • as well as other positions

Many career opportunities are listed below but graduates are not limited to:

Corrections

  • Correctional Caseworker
  • Parole Officer
  • Correctional Administrator
  • Warden

Courts and Law

  • Attorney
  • Court Administrator
  • Probation Officer
  • Pretrial Services Officer

Juvenile Services

  • Child Protective Services Worker
  • Group Home Worker
  • Juvenile Care Specialist
  • Juvenile Diversion Coordinator
  • Juvenile Services Administrator

Law Enforcement

  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Federal Agent
  • Police Chief
  • Police Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Sheriff

Private Security/Investigation

  • Fraud Investigator
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Private Investigator
  • Security Administrator/Manager

Regulatory Agency Investigator

  • Child Support Enforcement Officer
  • Fire Marshall
  • Investigator for a Federal Agency

Research

  • Criminologist
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Research Analyst
  • Research and Planning Specialist

Victim's Services

  • Crisis Center Coordinator/Counselor
  • Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Victim Services Coordinator

The NEBRASKA difference

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is ranked in the top 20 among criminology graduate programs in the latest publication of America's Best Graduate Schools by the U.S. News and World Report.

  • Research activity within the school focuses on a wide variety of current issues in criminology and criminal justice.
  • The school supports the Juvenile Justice Institute and the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research which work collaboratively with government and nonprofit agencies across the state on crime and justice issues.
  • Criminal justice internships are established with over 45 local, state, federal and private criminal justice agencies in Lincoln alone.
  • This is an invaluable opportunity for students to get experience and make contacts with criminal justice professionals.
  • Students can enhance their educational experience through the Criminal Justice Student Association, Alpha Phi Sigma (the national criminal justice honor society), study abroad opportunities as well as other numerous opportunities available to UNL students.

Internships / Clubs

Criminology and Criminal Justice majors may become involved in many clubs, organizations, study abroad opportunities as well as qualify for the honorary society and other awards.

The criminal justice internship program is highly recommended and students have the opportunity to obtain work experience in numerous agencies. Some of these include:

  • Citizenship and Immigration Service
  • Lancaster County Sheriff
  • Lincoln Police Department
  • Nebraska Fire Marshal (Investigation Division)
  • Nebraska State Patrol
  • United States Marshal's Service
  • Department of Corrections (DOC)
  • Diagnostic and Evaluation Unit (DOC)
  • Adult Drug Court
  • Diversion Services
  • Nebraska State Parole
  • Nebraska State Probation
  • United States Pretrial Services
  • United State Probation
  • Civil Clinic (UNL Law School)
  • Lancaster County Attorney
  • Lancaster County Public Defender's Office
  • Legislative Judiciary Committee
  • Nebraska Attorney General
  • Nebraska Legal Services
  • Nebraska State Court Administrator
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Lincoln Police Victim/Witness Unit
  • Cedars Youth Services
  • Child Protective Services
  • Juvenile Services
  • HHS Welfare Fraud Investigations
  • Nebraska Crime Commission
  • Nebraska Department of Insurance Fraud Division

Alumni / Faculty

Recent alumni award recipients from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice include:

  • Tom Casady, Public Safety Director, City of Lincoln
  • Michelle Schindler, Director of the Lancaster County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Scott Carlson, Director of the Nebraska Drug Courts
  • The Honorable John A. Colborn, Lancaster County District Court Judge
  • Robert Houston, Director, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
  • Michael Butera, Instructor, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice; formerly Commander of Criminal Investigations Bureau, Omaha Police Department 

Facilities

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is administered by the University of Nebraska–Omaha but the Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice can be completed entirely on the Lincoln campus.

The school office, classrooms, faculty and staff offices are located in Nebraska Hall on the Lincoln campus.

Rankings

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is ranked in the top 20 among criminology graduate programs in the latest publication of America's Best Graduate Schools by the U.S. News and World Report.

Research

Research activity within the school focuses on a wide variety of current issues in criminology and criminal justice.

The school supports the Juvenile Justice Institute and the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research which work collaboratively with government and nonprofit agencies across the state on crime and justice issues.