The First Bachelor Programme in Criminology in the Baltics

On the 24th March 2017 the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (founded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania) has accredited the Bachelor Programme in Criminology at Vilnius University for five years. This is the first bachelor programme in criminology not only in Lithuania, but also in the Baltic States. The first 30 students will join the Programme this year.

Although the Programme is formally related to the subject area of sociology, its nature is rather interdisciplinary. During 3,5 years study the students of the Programme will not only get acquainted with the basic criminological ideas and principles, but also will be able to develop their knowledge and practical skills in the field of criminal justice, sociology, psychology, and other criminology related academic fields.

The Programme is also an example of interinstitutional cooperation. The teaching staff are the members of various faculties and departments of Vilnius University such as Sociology, General Psychology, Criminal Justice, etc. The representatives from national Police Department and Prison Department are also participating in the implementation of the curricula. Majority of the courses are taught in Lithuanian, but some courses will be offered in English.

The Bachelor Programme in Criminology intends to prepare students for possible career paths in criminology and criminal justice, as well as provide a basis for further education on Master and Doctorate levels.