Social Sciences


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 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. 

Sociology / Criminology at the Mount

Sociology students with a Criminology 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

  1. Take classes in a number of different disciplines and subjects.
  2. Use program electives to identify areas of interest related to criminology. 
  3. Use internships, volunteer work, and collaborations with faculty to gain valuable knowledge and experience.
  4. 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. 

Program Requirements

Student majoring in Ssociology 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 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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