Social Sciences


Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

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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 be able to participate in interesting and engaging courses that ask them to think deeply about all of the issues related to and parties impacted by crime, including the victim, offender, and society. This program offers students the opportunity to learn about crime and justice in other countries; to explore the issues related to being a crime victim; and, examine how crime is resolved in various parts of the U.S. The variety of concentrations and courses will expand the breadth of knowledge students can gain about aspects of crime, providing them with a much more well-rounded education on crime and its related issues than students in other programs.

Students can experience a number of different and potential career options available in this discipline by participating in internships. In addition, students who wish to learn about various aspects of crime or justice not offered in a specific 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

Criminology majors are required to complete the following to reach 120 credits for the B.A. Degree.

  • All General Education requirements: 39-42 credits.
  • CRI Major Requirements: 45 credits.
  • 21 credits CRI required courses
  • 9 credits Support courses
  • 3 credits CRI elective
  • 12 credits CRI concentration course
    * There are 4 concentrations (students will select only 1): General, Criminal Justice System, Juvenile Justice, and Restorative Justice
  • Free Elective courses. These are courses outside of CRI and General Education that provide students with a well-rounded liberal arts education and assist students in meeting the requirement for 120 credits for the degree.

Description of Concentrations


This concentration will give students the most flexibility in their major program. Students who are interested in a variety of areas and/or taking a variety of courses would be best-suited for this particular concentration. For students who select this concentration, they will be able to choose ANY four courses offered as part of the Criminology program to meet the concentration requirement of 12 credits. These four courses MUST consist of two CRI courses at the 2000-level and two CRI courses at the 3000 or 4000-level.

Criminal Justice System:

The focus of this concentration will be learning about the criminal justice system – from a criminology perspective. Students who select this concentration will be required to take one course that introduces the American criminal justice system and one course that addresses the ethical issues facing the various facets of the criminal justice system. For the remaining two courses students will be able to select from courses that focus on law enforcement and its relationship to the community it serves, the court system in the United States, and the history of crime and punishment in the United States.

Juvenile Justice:

The Juvenile Justice concentration will focus on presenting students with courses on issues directly related to juvenile offenders. This concentration would be best for students who are interested in working with juvenile offenders or in the juvenile justice system. The found courses that make up this concentration will introduce students to the American criminal justice system, provide insight into causes of and responses to juvenile crime, allow students to learn about adolescent psychology, and give students the opportunity to explore a restorative justice approach to addressing juvenile offenders.

Restorative Justice:

The most unique of the four concentrations, Restorative Justice will present courses for students interested in learning about an alternative approach to addressing crime by involving offenders, victims, and the community in a meaningful way. Not a replacement for traditional approaches to law violation, restorative justice seeks to find ways to give all those involved in crime real resolution. Students who are interested in this concentration will take courses that introduce the ideas, concepts, and programs of restorative justice; explore the themes and ideas of justice in various religions; and, expose them to different approaches to peace throughout the world. In addition, students in this concentration will be able to choose one more course that focuses on mediation, restorative justice, and violent offenses, OR the use of restorative justice for juvenile offenders.

Minor in Criminology

The minor in Criminology will require the successful completion of 18 credits in Criminology. These 18 credits must include: CRI 1110 (Introduction to Criminology), 3 credits in CRI at the 2000-level, and the remaining 12 credits in CRI at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Where Mount Students Have Interned

Students pursuing the Criminology concentration in the past have participated in internships representing the breadth and depth of the discipline, including:

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

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, and mental health workers.

Criminology quote - Lisbel
Studying criminology encourages me to observe me to observe and use my skills to investigate the truth. Finding the truth is what makes it interesting to me.