Department of Sociology & Criminology

The Department of Sociology & Criminology provides students with a deeper understanding of the social forces and dynamic changes affecting both contemporary society and personal lives.


Agents of Social Change

A deeper understanding of how societies work empowers Stonehill sociology and criminology graduates to pursue a wide array of careers through which they can make a difference.


O'Brien and Penkala Named Top Graduates in Sociology for 2015

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Kayla O’Brien ’15 and Breanne Penkala ’15 have been named a Top Graduates in Sociology by the Stonehill College Sociology & Criminology Department.

Dedicated to both the social scientific as well as the humanistic traditions, Stonehill offers a program that builds important skills such as systematic observation, critical thinking and statistical sophistication for a better understanding of our world as well as of ourselves.

Learn in the Classroom and in the Field

Stonehill’s low 13:1 student-teacher ratio allows for individualized attention in the classroom and opportunities to collaborate in the field, often through the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience. Recent projects include research into governmental crime, the anthropology of college and environmental sociology, which explores mankind’s connection to the environment.

“Whether it’s the ability to understand how the time bind caused by corporatization profoundly affects our family lives or how institutionalized racism leads to significantly different sentencing and incarceration rates, common forces shape everyone’s lives.
A key promise of sociology and criminology is to help people make the critical link between self and other, and thereby recognize that the personal is political.”
 Christopher Wetzel, Associate Professor of Sociology

Four Reasons to Choose Sociology & Criminology

  • Dedicated faculty members who actively publish in the field
  • Top-notch advising to help tailor your experience
  • Curriculum consisting of real-world coursework, assignments and content
  • Research that can be carried over to graduate school

LION (Learning Inside Out Network) Program

An International Experience in Global Development and 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.

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