The major in criminology offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts curriculum based upon the sociological study of law, conceptions of justice, and social control, and it provides an understanding of the structural roots of deviance, delinquency, crime, victimization, crime control, and related social policies. Students majoring in criminology undergo a comprehensive program of study and are prepared for professional employment in a number of occupations related to social service and law; for graduate study in criminology, the sociology of law, or justice studies; or for law school. Students are also encouraged to acquire practical experience through internships and community-based learning opportunities.

Criminology is a subfield of sociology that focuses on the scientific study of crime and how it intersects with law and society. Specifically, how do structural factors in society like social inequality and the legal order affect antisocial and deviant behavior?

As a field, criminology is relevant to the fields of legal studies, criminal justice and social justice studies. It has practical application to the work of social control agencies and many community-based organizations focused on protecting civil and human rights.

The criminology major examines important issues like conceptions of justice and social control. It also provides an understanding of the social roots of:

  • Crime
  • Deviance
  • Delinquency
  • Crime control
  • Victimization

Just as importantly, the major also examines how the social policies related to these problems can improve—or worsen—conditions for all members of society.

Career Opportunities

Dominican’s Department of Sociology and Criminology prepares students for careers in social work, social services, human resources, counseling, public administration, law, law enforcement and general business.

A double major is offered for students interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology and a major in criminology. The department also offers minors and encourages its students to complete minors in related fields like social justice and civic engagement. Internships and service learning are vital educational tools in sociology and criminology.

For additional information regarding the sociology program and its concentrations, students should consult an advisor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

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