Criminology integrates the study of criminal behavior, the causes of crime and delinquency, the ways criminal behavior is addressed and prevented, as well as an understanding of the varying components of the criminal justice system. As a discipline it bridges theoretical and sociological concerns with that of practical applications in the criminal justice system.

Cottey’s criminology program emphasizes critical thinking through interdisciplinary perspectives and integrates core criminology and criminal justice focused courses with additional coursework options in sociology, psychology, international relations, political science, and beyond.

Students in the Criminology program will be able to make professional connections with criminal justice agencies and other allied professionals across the state of Missouri to learn more about professional opportunities during their tenure at Cottey and post-graduation.

What can you do with a Criminology degree?

What can’t you do!? Not only are there many opportunities within the criminal justice system itself, there are other allied professions looking for graduates with backgrounds in criminology.

Here are just a few examples of what opportunities are out there for Criminology graduates:

  • Local, state, and/or federal law enforcement
  • Local, state, and/or federal courts
  • Local, state and/or federal corrections
  • Advocacy
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Loss prevention
  • Private security
  • Graduate school
  • Law School
  • …and many more!


For more information please contact:
Dr. Angela Glosser – aglosser@cottey.edu
Dr. Sarah Quick – squick@cottey.edu.

Dr. Angela Glosser
Criminology Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Criminology
Rogers Fine Arts Building 209
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2200

Sarah Quick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
Rubie Burton Academic Center 124
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2269

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