Bachelor of Science in Sociology
Concentration in Criminology
Criminology is a discipline closely related to sociology. It is the
study and exploration of the varied aspects of crime including the
process of defining crime; victimization and the response of the
criminal justice system to that victimization; the response of
society to crime, criminals, and victims; and exploring the various
reasons as to why people commit crime.
Sociology-Criminology at the Mount
Sociology-criminology majors have the opportunity to explore a
number of different community and social service programs through
the Mount. In addition, sociology-criminology students will be able
to experience the number of different and potential career options
available in this discipline by participating in internships.
Students can learn first-hand about other countries and their crime
rates, responses to crime, and criminal justice systems through the
Mount’s study abroad program. For those students who want to learn
about various aspects of crime, they can collaborate with faculty
in conducting original research.
Tips for the Sociology/Criminology major:
- Take classes in a number of different disciplines and
- Use internships, volunteer work, and collaborations with
faculty to gain valuable knowledge and experience.
- Focus on a particular subject or area that interests you (e.g.,
juvenile delinquency, restorative justice, probation/parole) and
learn as much as you can about job possibilities and options prior
to applying for positions.
Students majoring in sociology-criminology must take a minimum of
45 credits in sociology and criminology and maintain a minimum
Grade Point Average of 2.0.
Where Mount students have interned
New York State Police, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department,
Dispute Resolution Center of Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster
Counties, Newburgh Police Department (some of these are
Victim/Witness Advocates, law enforcement personnel, corrections
personnel, substance abuse counselors, juvenile justice workers,
restorative justice program workers/directors, community service
agency directors, probation/parole officers, child welfare workers,
adult protective services workers, mental health workers.