Is Criminology a good degree for career?

Criminology is one of the least known careers in our country as the scope for it is also relatively less as compared to other options.

So the question naturally rises, is criminology a good degree or a rewarding career option? The answer for it is – yes, if pursued, it is one of the most exciting careers one can have.

Understanding a crime and the psychology of a criminal; find ways to curb it; breaking and making new laws for the betterment of the society etc., is the main job of a criminologist.

Even as criminology is still developing in India, the existing opportunities include sensitising criminal justice functionaries like police, the judiciary, and investigation agencies, through proper training, courses and seminars.

One can also opt for teaching as career after a course in criminology. Social welfare departments dealing with environmental crimes and human rights issues are the ones who are always in need of criminologists.

NGOs dealing with crime, research organisations and private security agencies also provide some scope for this career.

What are the skills needed to be a criminologist?

Some interest in sociology and psychology with willingness to do something for the society is what is needed to be a criminologist. Analytical and data collection skill with a mind that can apply science wherever needed is another important quality in a criminologist.

[quote] A criminologist should be ready to do immense hard work as making a report could be a tiresome and a toll taking task. [/quote]

The basic skills to be a criminologist is listed below:-

  • Interest in Sociology and psychology
  • Analytical and data collection skill
  • Application of mind
  • Hard working

Qualification / Eligibility needed for admission to criminology courses

Both undergraduate (BA/BSc) and Post Graduate (MA/MSc) courses in criminology are available in various colleges. For a undergraduate course, basic requirement is class XII in either Arts or Science.

While to pursue a Post Graduation course, one has to be a graduate from either Science or Arts stream. Some colleges offer Diploma in Criminology and the qualification for that as well is graduation in either Arts or Science.

Top Colleges for pursuing criminology courses are:-

  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Lucknow University,
  • University of Madras, Chennai
  • Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute Of Criminology And Forensic Science (NICFS), New Delhi
  • Tata Institute of Social Science, Delhi
  • Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, New Delhi
  • Utkal University, Bhubaneswar
  • University of Jammu, Jammu Tawi
  • University of Pune Ganeshkind, Pune
  • Narhar Balwant Thakur Law College, Vidyanagar- satara District

(The author of the article Ms. Raina Assainar is a journalist by profession who has worked for leading news papers of the country)

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