The Victimology Profession

Individuals have been victimized by crime and other violent incidents for centuries, yet the study of crime victims is only in its infancy by comparison. Law enforcement professionals have recently begun studying the long-term effects on victims of crimes, particularly those who have suffered ongoing or perpetual offenses. Professionals in this field have the opportunity to work with law enforcement and various social services agencies as well as criminal court systems to make sure victims are properly advocated for and represented in these instances.


The Victimology Program

This comprehensive program in the study of victims of crime, Victimology, covers contemporary developments in the field of victimology, its conceptual boundaries, basic concepts and literature as well as the various subfields that make up this subject within criminology and criminal justice. The program provides students with an extensive overview of the principles and concepts of victimology, the various types of violence that lead to different types of victimization as well as the motives behind such actions and both the short and long-term effects on individuals and society as a whole. Students will have the opportunity to analyze victimization patterns and trends, the theoretical reasoning and responses to criminal victimization as well as the overall offender-victim relationships. Finally the program will look at how victimology has been used in the criminal justice to date, its uses and limitations as well as the implications of this study for criminal justice purposes going forward.

Presenting a comprehensive overview of the consequences of victimization and the various remedies now available to different victims of crime, particularly violent crime, this program examines the causes of victimization and looks at theories associated with violent victimization. It analyzes the offender-victim relationship and presents ideas on preventing violence and responding to victimization.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define terms related to violence and victimization
  • Examine the concept of victimization
  • Trace the development of theories of victimization
  • Differentiate between types of violence
  • Examine offender-victim relationships
  • Analyze injustices by the criminal justice system
  • Examine motives for terrorism
  • Assess laws to combat terrorism
  • Appraise ways of responding to criminal victimization
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this  program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.