Criminology

The Criminology program at Stonehill provides knowledge in the theory and practice of the social sciences, research methodology and law.

Criminology at Stonehill is an interdisciplinary program stressing critical thinking and communication skills. The program requires that students take a critical look at all aspects of the criminal justice system including:

  • Police
  • Courts
  • Probation
  • Prison
  • Parole
  • Diversion programs
  • Community corrections
  • Alternative sentencing
  • Restorative justice practices

In addition to this institutional analysis, other courses examine the nature of individuals and groups that are in conflict with the law. Direct contact with social service or criminal justice agencies is required through an internship placement.

This program is more aligned with the liberal arts aspects of undergraduate education than it is with vocational training for careers in criminal justice and social service. As such, it helps to prepare students for entry-level employment as well as graduate and law school.

Many graduates advance to law school or pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice. A master’s degree is required on many agencies for advanced position, salary and benefits.

“The Criminology program at Stonehill is second to none. One of the main reasons is the dedicated professors, who always provided me with the link between the classroom and the real world, which made networking, interning and job hunting a complete success.
I am in my dream career today because of what the Criminology program and its professors were for me.”
Jacob Wood ’11, Criminology major & Communications minor, now a New Hampshire State Trooper

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