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Undergraduate

Criminology

Assumption’s criminology program prepares students for success in a wide range of fields, including the criminal justice system. The program's flexibility empowers students to customize their path, including the choice of an accelerated major with sociology or human services and rehabilitation studies.

How are laws made and why do some break those laws? How does society respond when laws are broken?

The criminology major is anchored in the discipline of sociology. Consequently, it provides you with a theoretically sophisticated understanding of crime as a social phenomenon, both regarding its causes and its consequences for society.

Major in criminology at Assumption and you’ll gain a broad and deep understanding of why some acts are against the law and others are not, why people commit crime, how crime impacts victims and society, and how the criminal justice system operates —from the time of arrest by the police, through formal processing by the courts, and extending to sanctioning (incarceration and supervision) and reentry. 

The criminology degree at Assumption emphasizes personal, hands-on experience and independent research. A two-semester Internship Seminar sequence provides opportunities for experiential learning in agencies and organizations within the criminal justice system or closely allied professions like victim services agencies, substance abuse treatment programs, and programs for at risk youth.

In addition, criminology majors are prepared for graduate study in criminology, criminal justice, related social sciences, and the law. They are also ready for careers in law enforcement, institutional corrections, probation, and parole, in social and human service agencies that deal with crime victims, or in a number of diversion and treatment programs that are designed to provide alternatives to incarceration, especially for juvenile offenders.

Learning Goals for Criminology Majors

  • Develop an understanding of and appreciation for how the criminal justice system operates.
  • Understand how the risks of criminal offending and victimization are based upon divisions in class, race, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation. 
  • Develop an understanding of sociological and criminological approaches to analyzing and addressing the complex interactions between individuals and societal, historical, and cultural forces in defining law violating behaviors and our responses to them.
  • To gain specific competencies in social research as related to the fields of criminology and sociology.
  • To acquire the essential skills necessary for successful careers and post-graduate education.

NACP

Students who complete the course, HRS/SOC/CRM 301 Victim Advocacy: Working with Survivors of Violence will be eligible, at minimum, for the NACP Provisional Credential, but potentially at a higher level of Credentialing based upon their verifiable field experience. For more information, please visit https://www.thenacp.org/.

Program Contact

Angela Kaufman-Parks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Department Chair, Sociology & Criminology
508-767-7357 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 212

An Ideal Place To Learn

100%
All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
95%
2020 Criminology graduates employed or in graduate school within six months
13:1
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • Criminology majors take 13 courses: seven required and six electives. This breadth of coursework prepares students for a variety of engaging career paths.

    Required Courses for Criminology Majors (7)
    SOC 121 or SOC 122 Principles of Sociology or Social Problems
    CRM 130 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
    CRM 160 Criminology
    SOC 390 Sociological Research Methods
    SOC 300 Statistics
    CRM 485* Internship Seminar I
    CRM 486* Internship Seminar II
    CRM 495 Police Academy Seminar (May be taken in place of CRM 485 and CRM 486)
    Elective Courses (6)

    Criminology majors must take three courses from Deviance/Law and Society and three from Structural & Cultural Factors.

    Deviance Law and Society

    CRM 243 Juvenile Delinquency
    CRM 255 Special Topics
    CRM 272 Deviant Behavior
    CRM 275 Sociology of Law
    CRM 280 Sociology of Punishment
    CRM 325 Victimology
    CRM 333 Prisoner Rehabilitation and Reentry
    CRM 335 Family Violence
    POL 316 Constitutional Law

    Structural Factors

    SOC 206 The Sociology of Urban Life
    SOC 216 Racial and Ethnic Relations
    SOC 218 Social Movements
    SOC 232 Social Inequality in Society
    SOC 224 Gender Issues in Society
    SOC 234 Social Policy
    SOC 250 Public Sociology
    SOC 315 Masculinities

     

    Course Descriptions

  • The criminology minor is a six-course, 18 credit curriculum.  Students must take CRM 130 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, CRM 160 Criminology, and either SOC 121 Principles of Sociology or SOC 122 Social Problems.  For the three elective courses, students select two deviance/law and society electives and one structural and cultural factors elective.  Students majoring in data analytics, economics, human services and rehabilitation studies, political science, psychology, or sociology may find such a minor particularly useful.

    Required Courses
    SOC 121/SOC 122 Principles of Sociology or Social Problems
    CRM 130 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
    CRM 160 Criminology
    Elective Courses

    Choose two from Deviance/Law and Society and one from Structural and Cultural Factors

    Deviance/ Law and Society (2)

    CRM 243 Juvenile Delinquency
    CRM 255 Special Topics
    CRM 272 Deviant Behavior
    CRM 275 Sociology of Law
    CRM 280 Sociology of Punishment
    CRM 325 Victimology
    CRM 333 Prisoner Rehabilitation and Reentry
    CRM 335 Family Violence
    POL 316 Constitutional Law

    Structural and Cultural Factors (1)

    SOC 206 The Sociology of Urban Life
    SOC 216 Racial and Ethnic Relations
    SOC 218 Social Movements
    SOC 224 Gender Issues in Society
    SOC 232 Social Inequality in Society
    SOC 234 Social Policy
    SOC 250 Public Sociology
    SOC 315 Masculinities

     

    Course Descriptions

  • Assumption University offers a double major program in sociology and criminology to better prepare students for graduate school and careers of meaning. The department offers an accelerated double major in sociology and criminology (completed in just eighteen courses).

Faculty

Angela Kaufman-Parks, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Sociology and Criminology Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology Department Chair, Sociology & Criminology
Michael P. Daigle
Adjunct Faculty
Dhruba Das, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Steven D. Farough, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Sociology Director of Racial and Ethnic Studies
Andrew M. Garcia, J.D., Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Criminology
Francis Bruce Prior, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Sociology and Criminology
Bruce D. Tait
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Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.


Pathways to Success

City of Providence Police Department

City of Worcester Police Department

Connecticut State Police

DraftKings

Framingham Public Schools

Fuze

HWC, Inc. (Washington, DC)

Lionbridge

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Nashoba Valley Medical Center

New Hope, Inc.

The New England Center for Children

Raytheon

The Royal Law Firm

Town of Northborough Police Department

UMASS Boston Public Safety

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Marine Corps

Voices Against Violence

Warwick Police Department

Worcester County Jail and House of Corrections

First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.


Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.


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