Social Sciences


Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (Pending NYS Approval)


Criminology is the study and exploration of the varied aspects of crime including the process of defining crime; victimization and the response of the criminal justice system to that victimization; the response of society to crime, criminals, and victims; and exploring the various reasons as to why people commit crime.

Students who choose this program will, upon completion, be able to: 

  • Analyze crime using criminological theories
  • Evaluate definitions of crime
  • Critically analyze sources of information 
  • Explain the impact of crime
  • Analyze the interaction between law and society. 

Criminology at the Mount

Criminology majors will learn about the complex nature of crime in society. This program offer students the opportunity to learn about crime and justice in other countries; to compare causes and possible solutions abroad, and to compare causes and approaches in the U.S. 

Students can experience the number of different and potential career options available in this discipline by participating in internships. Those who want to learn about various aspects of crime or justice not offered in a course may create their own independent study course, in collaboration with a faculty member. Students can also assist faculty members with their research projects, including data collection and analysis. 

Program Requirements

To be announced. 

Where Mount Students Have Interned

Criminology students have participated in internships representing the breadth and depth of the discipline of Criminology:

  • New York State Office of Children and Family Services
  • New York State Police
  • Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department
  • Orange County Probation/Parole (Adult Probation & Victim Services)
  • Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities (TASC)
  • City of Newburgh Police Department.

Students have also secured internships working with mentally ill offenders and community outreach programs.

Career Options

Victim/Witness advocates, law enforcement personnel, corrections personnel, substance abuse counselors, juvenile justice workers, restorative justice program workers/directors, community service agency directors, probation/parole officers, child welfare workers, adult protective services workers, mental health workers.

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