Criminology Degree

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Criminology Degree at Assumption

Criminology is far more than the study of "how" crimes occur, it explains the underlying reasons why crimes occur in society. The Criminology major at Assumption provides students with an understanding of crime as a social phenomenon, both regarding its causes and its consequences for society. Coursework in the major encompasses the study of how laws are made (the sociology of law), why some people break those laws (theories of crime), and the societal reaction to law-breaking behavior by the criminal justice system. The Criminology major also gives students a strong background in the social science research methods and theories they will need throughout their careers.

The Criminology major at Assumption emphasizes personal, hands-on experience and independent research. The required two-semester Internship Seminar sequence provides opportunities for experiential learning in agencies and organizations within the criminal justice system or closely allied professions like victim services agencies.

In addition, Criminology majors are prepared for graduate study in criminology, criminal justice, related social sciences, and the law. They are also ready for careers in law enforcement, institutional corrections, probation and parole, in social and human service agencies that deal with crime victims, or in a number of diversion and treatment programs that are designed to provide alternatives to incarceration, especially for juvenile offenders.

Criminology majors take 13 courses: eight required and five electives. This breadth of coursework prepares students for a variety of engaging career paths.