Criminology & Criminal Justice

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 majoring in Criminology & Criminal 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.

Criminology, the study of crime and criminal behavior—including causes and society's responses—involves the analysis of crime theory and related data and evidence. Rooted in the social justice mission of Emmanuel College, the purpose of the Criminology & Criminal Justice program is to equip you with the foundational knowledge, relevant academic skills, and ethical perspective on issues of justice, necessary for work within the criminal justice system.

Major Requirements

Requirements for a B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Required Courses:

  • SOC1101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC1203 Crime and Justice
  • SOC2100 Law and Society
  • SOC2101 Criminology
  • SOC2303 Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • SOC2310 Professional Ethics in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • SOC4394 Internship in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • SOC4997 Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Two Courses From:

  • CHEM1117 Forensic Chemistry (SI)
  • SOC2105 Race, Ethnicity and Group Relations OR SOC2127 Social Class and Inequality
  • SOC2200 Drugs and Society
  • SOC2207 Deviant Behavior and Social Controls

Two Courses From:

  • SOC3205 Crimes Against Humanity
  • SOC3207 Juvenile Delinquency and Youth at Risk
  • SOC3210 Family Violence

Minor Requirements

Requirements for a minor in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Required Courses:

  • SOC 1203    Crime and Justice
  • SOC 2100    Law and Society
  • SOC 2101    Criminology
  • SOC 2310    Professional Ethics in Criminology & Criminal Justice

One Course From:

  • CHEM 1117  Forensic Chemistry (SI)
  • SOC 2105      Race, Ethnicity and Group Relations (SA)
  • SOC 2127      Social Class and Inequality (SA)
  • SOC 2200      Drugs and Society
  • SOC 2207      Deviant Behavior and Social Controls
  • SOC 2303      Methods for Criminology & Criminal Justice

One Course From:

  • SOC 3205      Crimes Against Humanity
  • SOC 3207      Juvenile Delinquency and Youth at Risk
  • SOC 3210      Family Violence

Learning Goals & Outcomes

Students who complete the Criminology & Criminal Justice major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a keen understanding of criminology, crime, justice, violence, victimization, and the criminal justice system.
  2. Acquire deep knowledge of criminological theories, concepts, and research methods.
  3. Apply sociological and criminological paradigms to complex issues as they relate to the criminal justice system and social inequality, race, class, gender, and prejudice and discrimination.
  4. Understand and analyze social, political, and legal responses to crime, violence, and injustice in society.
  5. Engage in moral reasoning and critical thinking to address social issues and current events related to criminology and criminal justice.

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