What is criminology?

Criminologists investigate power, knowledge and justice domestically and internationally. We explore crime and social control, and analyse the causes of crime based on how we relate to it, as well as how we should respond. We look at the criminal justice system and analyse its achievements and challenges.

Why study criminology?

Some of the topics we cover include policing, punishment, gender, race, victimisation and barriers to accessing justice within local and international contexts. You’ll be able to look at issues from different perspectives and develop a sound basis for independent, critical thinking.

Major Focus by location
Focus Locations
MajorNote Caulfield, Clayton
MinorNote Caulfield, Clayton

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

What a week: Criminology

In our Monash Arts 'What a Week' series, two year 12 students discover from our Arts academics where a criminology major can take them .

Career options

  • Corrections
  • Department of Justice
  • Federal Police
  • Human rights organisations
  • International criminal justice organisations
  • Journalism

Study abroad

Criminology offers opportunities to study in Europe – at the Prato Centre in Italy. Some of our students also take units in degree programs offered in US universities.