Criminology Major and Minor

The Criminology program at Stonehill, which is ranked No. 4 on College Factual’s list of the best U.S. colleges for a major in criminology, 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.

LION PROGRAM: An International Experience in Global Security Studies

The LION (Learning Inside Out Network) program is an intensive international internship and research opportunity for students interested in the theory and practice of global security. The program builds on courses in security studies, conflict analysis and resolution, global crime, international criminal justice, human security, and international development through a semester-long international internship experience with an NGO, think tank or media organization in Armenia or Serbia. Learn more.

“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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