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Bachelor of Arts Criminology and Security Studies


Bachelor of Arts Criminology and Security Studies is a 4 years Bachelors Degree examined by Commision for University Education.

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About Bachelor of Arts Criminology and Security Studies

Criminology and Security Studies is a branch of sociology (which traditionally examines human behavior, interaction, and organization) that also ties in research and concepts from other areas of study, such as philosophy, anthropology, biology, and psychology.

Criminology is the study of crime from a social perspective, including examining who commits crimes, why they commit them, their impact, and how to prevent them from committing a crime. Criminology is an analytical and applied field of study that focuses on the understanding, control, and prevention of crime and criminal behavior. It is an interdisciplinary field that draws from study areas such as sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, psychiatry, history, political science, and philosophy. It also draws from professions such as law, medicine, and social work.

Security studies incorporate data analysis, leadership, and systematic thinking to identify and protect against a wide range of threats, including both man-made and natural causes of disasters and other shocks.

Students in Criminology and Security Studies programs look at how age, sex, education, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status affect crime levels, as well as the various methods the justice system uses to process relevant data. The end goal of criminology and security studies is to determine the root causes of criminal behavior and to develop effective and humane means for preventing it. These goals have produced several schools of thought within the discipline, each of which looks at different factors involved in deviant behavior and comes to different conclusions about how best to approach the issues.

Every threat a community or company faces from cyberattacks and terrorism to climate change and pandemics has the potential to significantly affect its members and operations. Professionals in the security sector work hard to not only lead recovery efforts after a disaster but to identify and eliminate these threats in the first place. Many criminologists consider themselves to be neutral public policy experts, gathering facts for various governmental officials responsible for drawing policy conclusions. However, some criminologists?like their counterparts in such fields as the atomic and nuclear sciences?maintain that scientists must shoulder responsibility for the moral and political consequences of their research. Thus, some criminologists have actively campaigned against capital punishment and have advocated in favor of various legal reforms. Criminologists who oppose this activist role contend that the findings of criminological research must be weighed along with political, social, religious, and moral arguments, a task best left to political bodies. Not denying the right of criminologists to express their opinions as ordinary citizens and voters, this view nonetheless maintains that a government by popular will is less dangerous than a government by experts.

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Arts Criminology and Security Studies

The entry requirements set out below must be regarded as minimum requirements which, in no way directly entitle an applicant to a place in the university. The following requirements must be fulfilled: -

  • A Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with an average grade of C+ (C Plus) or its equivalent passed from at least seven subjects as one sitting, drawn from subject clusters as stipulated by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC). Or
  • One of the following combinations of passes in the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education or Advanced Certificate Level of the General Certificate of Education.
  • Two Principals or Advanced Level passes of at least Grade C obtained at the same sitting.
  • Two Principals or Advanced Level passes obtained at different sittings provided that both passes are of Grade C or higher. Or
  • Applicants who have not taken any of the above examinations must produce acceptable documentary evidence of having passed an examination of equivalent standards by a signed statement of attainment from (KNEC) Kenya National Examination Council.
  • A diploma in a relevant area with at least C (plain) at KCSE.
  • Additional entry requirements as may be specified by respective faculties, schools or departments.

Institutions offering Bachelor of Arts Criminology and Security Studies


Kaimosi Friends University College

Public University Hamisi

Established in 2014, Kaimosi Friends University College is a public University that makes distinctive contributions to society in education and training, research and innovation.Kaimosi Friends University College is...

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Laikipia University

Public University Laikipia West

Laikipia University Main Campus is located 50 km from Nakuru town and 11 km from Nyahururu Town, along the Nakuru - Nyahururu Highway. It is situated in a...

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Maasai Mara University

Public University Likoni

Welcome to Maasai Mara University. The vision we hold as a University is to be a World Class University committed to academic excellence for development. Our Mission is to...

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Maseno University

Public University Kisumu West

Maseno University founded in 1991, is the only university on the globe that lies along the Equator (00). It is one of the seven public universities in Kenya....

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Muranga University of Technology

Public University Likoni

Muranga University College (MRUC) was established in September 2011 via Muranga University College order legal notice No. 129 of September 2011 as a constituent College of Jomo Kenyatta...

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Chuka University

Public University Chuka Igambangombe

Chuka University, the largest and most diverse university in Eastern Kenya, provides high-quality and affordable university programs which are attractable worldwide and has the needed infrastructure to facilitate...

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Africa Nazarene University

Private University Dagoretti South

Africa Nazarene University is a Chartered Private Christian University sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene International and is a member of the worldwide family of Nazarene institutions.Since...

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KAG East University

Private University Embakasi South

KAG EAST University is a premier Pentecostal University for training people for relevant ministry. It is recognized throughout Africa for distinctive graduates who are servant leaders full of...

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United States International University Africa (USIU-A)

Private University Kasarani

United States International University - Africa (USIU-A) is one of the oldest private universities in East Africa and is unparalleled in East Africa and indeed the entire continent....

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Tom Mboya University College

Public University Mbita

Tom Mboya University College (TMUC) was gazetted on April 16th, 2016 as a Constituent College of Maseno University (MSU). Tom Mboya University College is named after the legendary...

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Tharaka University College

Public University Tharaka

Tharaka University College, a Constituent College of Chuka University, is an institution of higher learning located in Tharaka South Sub-County, in Tharaka Nithi County, Near Gatunga Town. Tharaka...

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Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

Public University Lurambi

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), formerly Western University College of Science and Technology, is a public university located in Kakamega town, Kenya.MMUST holds the view...

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Objectives of Bachelor of Arts Criminology and Security Studies

Criminology and Security Studies focuses on analyzing crimes and criminals in order to understand their motives and find ways to prevent future crimes. It also analyses trends and the impact of crimes on human societies. Another important aspect of Criminology is the evaluation of punishment and rehabilitation methods in order to determine their efficacy and ways to improve them.

Criminology incorporates and examines broader knowledge about crime and criminals. For example, criminologists have attempted to understand why some people are more or less likely to engage in criminal or delinquent behavior. Criminologists have also examined and attempted to explain differences in crime rates and the criminal code between societies and changes in rates and laws over time.

The programme is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in police services, forensic investigations, human rehabilitation services and security management.

Graduates of this programme will be prepared to take up managerial positions in the public sector especially in; the police service, prisons and probation departments. The private sector will find the graduates useful in security management and related roles. In general, it is expected that this programme will complement and sustain the professionalization of the police, prison and probation services in East Africa and beyond.

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Take up responsibilities in the dynamic security industry.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the area of community policing
  • Use the knowledge and skills acquired to take up entrepreneurial roles in the country and internationally
  • Conduct research in criminology and the security field.
  • Identify new models of peacebuilding and conflict management as a way of managing security.
  • Identify emerging human security threats such as piracy, human trafficking, terrorism

Bachelor of Arts Criminology and Security Studies - Programme

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Communication Skills
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Security Management

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Course Title
  • Fundamentals of Development
  • Computer Applications
  • Indigenous and Modern Criminal Justice Systems
  • Correctional Systems
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Criminal Law

Year 2, Semester 1

  • Identity, Crime and Justice
  • Domestic Violence
  • Deviance and Crime
  • Justice and Social Control
  • Gender, Crime, and Justice
  • Social Statistics

Year 2, Semester 2

  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Organized Crime
  • Patterns and Measurement of Crime
  • Sociology of Law
  • The Law of Evidence

Year 3, Semester 1

  • Crime and Delinquency Theory
  • Program Evaluation
  • Institutional and Community Corrections
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Political Sociology and Political Crime
  • Criminal Procedure and Practice

Year 3, Semester 2

  • Course Title
  • Victimology
  • Forensic Science and Cyber Crime
  • Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice
  • Economics of Crime
  • Ethics and Emerging Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Critical Thinking and Crime Analysis
  • Internship

Year 4, Semester 1

  • Contemporary Rehabilitation Approaches
  • Human Rights, Justice, and Governance
  • Community Policing
  • Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • Crime and Conflict Management
  • Peace and Dispute Resolution

Year 4, Semester 2

  • Correctional Counseling
  • Environmental Criminology
  • International Crime Control and Prevention
  • Crime, Media and International Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Disaster Management

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