Degree Options

Bachelor of Science in Forensic Studies and Justice

Only offered through USF St. Petersburg

Forensic Studies and Justice teaches students about forensic applications in investigations, conducting investigations of any type be it criminal, civil, medical, insurance, financial, or other, using structured analytical techniques to avoid bias in investigations and to reduce the number of wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system. 

Academic Advising for the B.S. Forensic Studies and Justice is only provided through the USF St. Petersburg campus. You can find the USF St. Petersburg advising contact information here

For more information about the program and requirements, please refer to the catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

Offered through USF Tampa, USF Sarasota-Manatee, and USF St. Petersburg


USF Tampa offers the flexibility to complete criminology courses entirely online, entirely in-person, or a blending of both. 

USF’s undergraduate degree in Criminology provides students with an in-depth exposure to all facets of the criminal justice system and prepares students for a wide array of career options.


The Criminology program at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus offers small classes, both in person and online, taught by both academic and criminal justice practitioners, and provides students opportunities to work with faculty on research projects and participate in internships with local criminal justice agencies. 

One unique course offering on the Sarasota-Manatee Campus is CCJ 3336, Prisoner Re-entry and Recidivism, which is a designated service-learning course. Service-learning, or “learning through experience,” allows students to engage with the local community to solve a real-world issue. 

For more information about the program and requirements, please refer to the catalog.

Online options

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

Can be completed entirely online. Since the Major Core Courses and many criminology electives are available online, students have the option of taking all of their criminology courses online.  Additionally, there are courses from each general education category offered online, and some foreign language courses are also offered online.  As long as students are flexible with the specific general education and foreign language courses desired, it is possible to complete these requirements online.  Additionally, students are able to take online courses that are offered through any of the three USF campuses, which increases the online options available for students.

Minor in Criminology

It is possible to complete the entire criminology minor online.


Offered through USF Tampa, USF Sarasota-Manatee, and USF St. Petersburg

The objective of the undergraduate minor in Criminology is to develop an educational basis either for graduate work or for professional training in the modern urban criminal justice system.

For more information on the minor and requirements, please refer to the catalog.