Sociology: Criminology

What is deviant behavior and what drives people to engage in it?

Are some people predisposed to crime, or are criminal behaviors influenced by the settings and institutions in which individuals find themselves? These are just some of the questions that Emmanuel students concentrating in crime and justice address, along with the successes and failures of punishment and rehabilitation programs; the roles of victims, police, prosecutors and judges; and the origins of organized crime.

Major Requirements

View the 2016-2017 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology

Six sociology core courses and the following requirements for concentration:

  • SOC1203 Crime and Justice 
    SOC2100 Law and Sociology
  • SOC2101 Criminology

Three electives must be chosen from the following (one of which must be 3000-level):

  • SOC2105 Race, Ethnicity and Group Relations
  • SOC2127 Social Class and Inequality
  • SOC2207 Deviant Behavior and Social Controls
  • SOC3210 Family Violence
  • SOC3XXX Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC3205 Crimes Against Humanity

Recommended Courses:

  • CHEM1107 Forensic Chemistry (or CHEM1117)
  • POLSC2602 Introduction to Law and the Judicial System 
    POLSC2603 Problems of Law and Society 
    POLSC3607 Constitutional Law

Learning Goals + Outcomes

At the completion of the Sociology major, the student will

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the sociological perspective and the sociological imagination in our understanding of social reality.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of sociological theories, paradigms, and concepts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of sociological research methods.
  • Acquire intellectual and professional skills. 
  • Apply sociological concepts to micro and macro issues of inequality, diversity, and globalization.
  • Develop an appreciation of social justice concerns.