Sociology

Sociology: Crime + Justice

What is deviant behavior and what drives people to engage in it? Does it look the same for everyone or does it vary across time and place? 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, as well as the successes and failures of punishment and rehabilitation programs; the roles of victims, police, prosecutors and judges; and the origins of organized crime. Opportunities to learn about crime and justice in a "hands-on" format abound in the Boston area, from the Federal Courthouse to the Brookline Department of Corrections to the State House.