Criminology: Career Potential

Among 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates who majored in criminology, 84% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $43,000.

A degree in criminology prepares students for a variety of career paths, including:

  • Law and the Justice System
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Research and Policy Development and Evaluation
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Counseling and Victim Services
  • Forensics
  • Financial and Insurance Fraud Investigation
  • National Security
  • Private Investigation

Graduate Studies

Besides criminology, the program prepares students for graduate studies in many fields, including:

  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Criminal Justice Education
  • Social Work

Examples of places where our recent alumni are employed include:

  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Family Service Society
  • Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
  • Nassau County Department of Probation
  • NYC Teaching Fellow
  • Planned Parenthood of Nassau County
  • Scribe America, Inc.
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc.
  • U.S. Pretrial Services

Examples of institutions where our recent alumni are attending graduate school include:

  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Hofstra University
  • New York University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Miami
  • University of Southern California

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.