Criminology Program

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.


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.


Gemma, Russo Named 2019 Criminology Department Students of the Year

Two students in the Criminology Department at Stonehill College have been awarded the 2019 Susan Guarino-Ghezzi Award.

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The Criminology program at Stonehill provides students with a foundation to understand the political, economic and cultural patterns that shape definitions of crime, the practices of law, the criminal justice system, the causes and consequences of crime, and crime control policies. 

Criminology students take a critical look at the organization and operation of crime control systems at a local, state, federal and international level, including the development and practice of criminal justice, social justice, and restorative justice. In addition, other courses examine the nature of individuals and groups that are in conflict with the law or cause willful social harm, as well as those who are victims of crime.

Competitive Advantages

The Criminology program not only prepares students for typical positions in policing, the courts and corrections, it provides a broader platform on crime and justice, allowing students to enter into an array of positions, including private and non-profit organizations, graduate and law school. Among other things, our graduates work with victims, substance abusers, at-risk and delinquent youth, and adult offenders and as lawyers, researchers, crime analysts, investigators and case managers. 

Students are required to complete an internship placement that puts them in direct contact with social service or criminal justice agencies.

“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

Recent Susan Guarino-Ghezzi Student of the Year Award Winners

  • 2019: Meaghan Gemma and Nicole Russo
  • 2018: Julia Spugnardi 
  • 2017: Cameron Burke and Katie Wahrer 
  • 2016: Sofia Przybylek and Caroline Murray 
  • 2015: Justine Mitchell 
  • 2014: James Lanier

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