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:
- 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.