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As a criminology major study crime and its causes, and assess social policies and programs designed to address it.

These are complex issues, but we make sure you have the criminology faculty's expertise and broad range of learning opportunities to prepare you to make essential contributions to the field and to society.

Top Reasons to choose Criminology at florida southern college

Study Abroad

Our criminology majors have special study-abroad opportunities, such as traveling to Japan, China, Washington D.C., the Netherlands and Belgium.

Collaborative Research

We offer plenty of collaborative criminology research opportunities with faculty. Through classes such as Judicial Processes, Methods of Social Research, and Criminalization of Mental Illness, your coursework covers all aspects of the field.

Practical experience

Our criminology faculty are noted criminology scholars and recognized experts who have practical experience in the criminal justice system.

Criminology Research and Student Travel

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Criminology students in the First-Year Experience Learning Community traveled to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Clewiston, Florida. At this museum, students learned about the Seminole Indian Tribe and how race, ethnic group, and culture can influence interactions and outcomes within the criminal justice system.
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In 2017, the Criminology Department hosted a Junior Journey to The Netherlands and Brussels. FSC students are pictured in front of the town gates in Bruges, Brussels.
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Criminology students in CRM 4420: Research Methods, present their project results in a department poster session at the end of each term.
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FSC Criminology majors present their research at the Southwestern Social Science Association's (SSSA) annual meeting. The SSSA is the longest-running social science conference in the United States.

Investigate Your Passions

In CRM 3350 Policing in American Society, you'll understand the principles and processes of the police force as a part of the criminal justice decision network. You'll explore the value conflicts which are inherent in police decisions and issues related to crime control in democratic society.

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Featured Criminology Faculty

Dr. Lisa Carter
- Criminology Department Chair

My goal is to illuminate a path that my students will follow during the course of their college career and when they enter the workforce. Along this path I hope my students will encounter and collect the following attributes: knowledge, enthusiasm, and critical thought. The college experience should offer students the opportunity to become open to new ideas, experiences, and beliefs regarding their chosen field of study.

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Internship Opportunities

Located in the City of Lakeland, near the county seat in Bartow, Florida, and within driving distance of Orlando and Tampa, FSC is perfectly situated for criminal justice internships at the local, state and federal level.

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Criminology Program Contact

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Dr. Lisa Carter

Chair of Criminology and Sociology

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