Bachelor of Science 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 crominological 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.
Students majoring in sociology-criminology must take a minimum of
45 credits in sociology and criminology and maintain a minimum
Grade Point Average of 2.0.
Where Mount students have interned
New York State Police, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department,
Dispute Resolution Center of Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster
Counties, Newburgh Police Department (some of these are
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.