Sociology & Criminology Department

The Sociology & Criminology Department provides students with a deeper understanding of the social forces and dynamic changes affecting contemporary society, the criminal justice system and personal lives. The department offers majors and minors in anthropology, criminology and sociology.


Making a Difference

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.

The department offers a program that builds important skills, such as systematic observation, critical thinking and writing competence, to best prepare students to understand and resolve societal issues of justice. Students are connected to real world agencies through internship experiences, community-based learning and directed studies that provide a foundation for future job opportunities or graduate studies. 

Programs of Study


The Anthropology program at Stonehill focuses on the holistic study and understanding of other cultures from an insider’s point of view and explores the diverse ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world.


The Criminology program at Stonehill gives students an understanding of the theory and practices of the criminal justice system as well as focuses on important issues like victims, juveniles, social justice and race. 


The sociology program prepares students for engaged citizenship and careers. Our graduates work and have continued their education in fields such as education, criminal justice, law, health, social work, human services and related areas. 

Learn in the Classroom and in the Field

Stonehill’s low student-teacher ratio allows for individualized attention in the classroom and opportunities to collaborate in the field, often through the Stonehill Undergraduate Research ExperienceLearn more about recent sociology, criminology and anthropology research projects

“The things I've learned from the faculty at Stonehill extend beyond the classroom. I learned valuable life lessons and skills that I will carry with more forever, both personally and professionally. I learned to think critically, work collaboratively with faculty and other students, and how to translate classroom knowledge into real-world applications.”
 Bryanna Killion '13, criminology and psychology double major
Predoctoral intern at Central Regional Hospital/UNC in North Carolina

Reasons to Choose Sociology & Criminology

  • Dedicated professors who are actively engaged in their fields 
  • Top-notch advising to help tailor your experience
  • Curriculum consists of wide-range of courses covering various facets of criminology, sociology and anthropology  
  • Coursework hones writing, public speaking and critical thinking skills 
  • Student-facilitated research in the field  
  • Challenging internships and community-based learning experiences 
  • Networking and establishing relationships with employers and community agencies

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