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.
2015-2016 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for B.A. in Sociology with a Concentration in Crime + Justice
Requirements for Concentration:
SOC1203 Crime and Justice
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
SOC3203 Organized Crime: A Sociological Exploration of Mobs, Gangs and Cartels
SOC3205 Crimes Against Humanity
CHEM1107 Forensic Chemistry (or CHEM1117)
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.
From the first
Introduction to Sociology class students take at Emmanuel College to the Senior Capstone, we teach sociology that is deeply rooted in the classical theories of the field, but always with a vision of applying our discipline to the "real world." This approach leads our students down many related career paths in government, public policy, the law, social services and the private sector. Some graduates go directly into the workforce, taking positions at Mathematica, Americorps, the Italian Home for Children, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Beth Israel Hospital, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, MATCH Charter School and with U.S. and state government agencies. We have also had many students go on to highly-respected graduate programs in law, public health, and social work at places including Tufts University, Northeastern, Boston University, Boston College, UMass-Boston and the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more about career paths open to students of crime and justice through the Emmanuel College Career Center.