Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Concentration in Criminology
Criminology is a discipline closely related to sociology. It 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
- 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.
Sociology / Criminology at the Mount
Sociology students with a crominology concentration 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.
Tips for the Sociology / Criminology Major
- Take classes in a number of different disciplines and
- Use program electives to identify areas of interest related to
- Use internships, volunteer work, and collaborations with
faculty to gain valuable knowledge and experience.
- Focus on a particular subject or area that interests you (e.g.,
juvenile delinquency, restorative justice, probation/parole)
andconsider using the optional internship to get acquainted with
job demands and expectations.
Student majoring in sociology with a criminology concentration
must take the 21 credits required of sociology majors with an
additional 24 credits in criminology. The 24 credits that make up
the criminology concentration include an introductory course, a
course on victims of crime, focus on international issues of
crime/criminology, a course related to social problems, and a
course on the intersection of law and society.
As part of the 24 credits, students must also take criminology
electives (which vary by semester). Students will complete a total
of 120 credits: 45 of these credits will be in sociology and
criminology, while the remaining 75 credits will be free elective
courses and courses in the General Education program. Students must
maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
Where Mount students have interned
Sociology-criminology concentration students have participated
in internships representing the breadth and depth of the discipline
- 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
- 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.
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.