Criminal Intelligence Analysis

Criminal Intelligence Analysis Fundamentals

The University of Akron is the only state institution in Ohio training aspiring criminal intelligence analysts. Our students focus on analytical and technical courses with a curriculum that provides them with a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and applied skills for work in contemporary criminal justice agencies.

Our criminal intelligence analysis majors take a broad core of courses, in addition to specifically focused analytical courses:

  • Sociology
  • Political science
  • Criminal justice technology
  • Geography and planning
  • Geographic and land information systems
  • Computer information systems

Our Faculty

  • are each experienced professionals in their respective field 
  • are innovative and interactive
  • use current industry standard technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Hands-on experience

Students move from theory to application with hands-on experience in:

  • Criminal intelligence analysis and forensic labs
  • Urban learning labs (utilizing downtown Akron) for field observations
  • Professional labs — completion of at least one internship is required

Proximity to downtown Akron

Our location in Akron makes it convenient for you to get your foot in the door of real criminal justice agencies while you're earning your degree. There is a high concentration of criminal justice agencies near campus where many students have had success working and interning while earning their degree. A few examples include:

Student organizations

Interact with other students and professionals in the field through the following organizations: 

  • Criminal Justice Association
  • Sociology Club
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security Student Association
  • Pre-Law Club  

Sample Curriculum


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For More Information:

Department of Criminal Justice

Contact: Dr. Nancy Marion

Career Opportunities

While specifically trained for crime and intelligence analysis positions in policing and homeland security at all levels of government, by the time you graduate you will be equally prepared for employment in private sector organizations as intelligence and operations analysis, as well as law or graduate school.

Opportunities in the field of criminal intelligence analysis include:

  • Local police agencies
  • FBI
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • U.S. Secret Service

After completing coursework and mandatory internships, graduates will enter fields that are projected to grow faster than average, with an expected 100,000 or more job openings between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The median wage in 2016 was $78,120 annually for a criminal intelligence analyst.