A degree in Criminology (the study of crime and criminals) is a Bachelor's degree in the Sociology department of most colleges and not to be confused with "Criminalistics" which is a Forensic Science Masters Degree. Criminology was a Bachelor of Arts program at my college and prepared me well for my career as a parole officer working with and monitoring criminals released from prison. You can expect to spend around $40,000 for a four year degree at a state college. That bill can be cut in half if you start out at a Community College and then transfer to a 4 year school. The bill can be fully paid if you are willing to spend a few years in the Army like I did.