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.

Criminology Program

Program Tracks Available

Major, Minor


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 1
Early Action: November 1
Early Action II: December 15
Regular Decision: February 15


Degrees Offered

B.A.


Department

Sociology and Criminology

Program Contact

Alison Cares, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology
508-767-7608 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 215
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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 College, 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.

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?)

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Pathways to Success

City of Providence Police Department

City of Worcester Police Department

DraftKings

Framingham Public Schools

Fuze

HWC, Inc. (Washington, DC)

Lionbridge

Nashoba Valley Medical Center

The New England Center for Children

Raytheon

Town of Northborough Police Department

UMASS Boston Public Safety

U.S. Marine Corps

Warwick Police Department

Cecilia Sarkodee

Criminology 2016
Volunteer Rape Crisis Counselor with Pathways for Change, Inc.

Interning at Pathways for Change has taught me many valuable skills and was a great experience.

I've learned how to properly complete paperwork, plan events, manage my time appropriately, and how to be a leader. I've also learned how to provide services to clients.
Nicole Rebelo

Criminology 2016
Intern, Worcester County District Attorney's Office, Child Advocacy Center

My experience has helped me to learn about myself, and prepare me for my future.

From my internship, I learned how to work in an office environment, be a part of a professional team, and learned how the criminal justice system works to help children.
Thomas Paine

Sociology 2016
Intern, Worcester Police Department

I learned how the Worcester Police Department tries to keep the city safe.

While interning for the Worcester Police Department, I worked primarily in the Real Time Crime Center with the camera surveillance network. This system helps police solve and prevent crime.
Lauren McCarthy

Criminology 2016
Administrative Clerk, Litigation Attorney's Office (Margaret Melican)

My internship was the turning point in my academic career.

By working with a poverty-stricken population, I was able to apply my criminology background to understand more about this population's past. I quickly realized the interest I had in reducing and preventing youth that fall into crime.
Sadie Landon

Criminology 2016
Intern at the Worcester Service Court Center

Through my internship, I learned the legal process for multiple types of cases.

My internship inspired me to conduct my own research project on how providers of free legal services view the help and information they provide to low-income litigants.
Korlu Jallah

Criminology 2018
The Real Time Crime Center, Worcester Police Station, Worcester, MA

I would tell all students coming to Assumption to consider taking a sociology course!

I've learned so much from my internship. It offered me a better understanding of police departments and I was able to learn about important technological tools that help aid police officers.
Sarah Crafford

Sociology 2016
Teacher's Aide at Union Hill Elementary School

Assumption has opened my eyes to the levels of diversity and inequality in our society.

Working at an elementary school in an urban neighborhood has allowed me to witness first-hand how the sociological concepts of race and social class play a role in our educational system. I am inspired to make a difference.
Christina Caira

Criminology 2016
Staff Intern, Worcester Public Counsel, Youth Advocacy Division

Since beginning my internship, I've grown increasingly interested in the school to prison pipeline.

I have learned that certain policies within the education system dictate whether a child will stay in school and receive an education, or become expelled and be pushed into a life with an increased likelihood for unemployment, dependence on social-welfare, and imprisonment.
Korey Kajko

Criminology 2017
Intern, Superior Court at Office of the Middlesex District Attorney

The classes that I have taken have enabled me to tackle real-life issues and circumstances.

My internship provided me the opportunity to be immersed in the DA’s office and see, first-hand, cases prosecuted that are both severe in nature and crucial to the safety of our communities as well as cases that are minor offenses.
Joseph Bretta

Criminology 2018
Intern, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The professors have been extremely influential as I prepare for the next part of my life.

Assumption has taught me to be professional and patient. I can't believe how fast these four years have gone, but I am really looking forward to completing my internship with the Narragansett Police Department.
Ryan Dalli

Criminology 2018
Intern, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

I'd tell incoming students that the amount of knowledge flowing in these classrooms is exponential.

My Assumption experience played a critical role in my internship because, throughout my four years, I have learned who I am as a person and have grown stronger every day. All of the professors in the Sociology and Criminology department have contributed to my success.

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Cecilia Sarkodee

Criminology 2016
Volunteer Rape Crisis Counselor with Pathways for Change, Inc.

Interning at Pathways for Change has taught me many valuable skills and was a great experience.

I've learned how to properly complete paperwork, plan events, manage my time appropriately, and how to be a leader. I've also learned how to provide services to clients.
Nicole Rebelo

Criminology 2016
Intern, Worcester County District Attorney's Office, Child Advocacy Center

My experience has helped me to learn about myself, and prepare me for my future.

From my internship, I learned how to work in an office environment, be a part of a professional team, and learned how the criminal justice system works to help children.
Thomas Paine

Sociology 2016
Intern, Worcester Police Department

I learned how the Worcester Police Department tries to keep the city safe.

While interning for the Worcester Police Department, I worked primarily in the Real Time Crime Center with the camera surveillance network. This system helps police solve and prevent crime.
Lauren McCarthy

Criminology 2016
Administrative Clerk, Litigation Attorney's Office (Margaret Melican)

My internship was the turning point in my academic career.

By working with a poverty-stricken population, I was able to apply my criminology background to understand more about this population's past. I quickly realized the interest I had in reducing and preventing youth that fall into crime.
Sadie Landon

Criminology 2016
Intern at the Worcester Service Court Center

Through my internship, I learned the legal process for multiple types of cases.

My internship inspired me to conduct my own research project on how providers of free legal services view the help and information they provide to low-income litigants.
Korlu Jallah

Criminology 2018
The Real Time Crime Center, Worcester Police Station, Worcester, MA

I would tell all students coming to Assumption to consider taking a sociology course!

I've learned so much from my internship. It offered me a better understanding of police departments and I was able to learn about important technological tools that help aid police officers.
Sarah Crafford

Sociology 2016
Teacher's Aide at Union Hill Elementary School

Assumption has opened my eyes to the levels of diversity and inequality in our society.

Working at an elementary school in an urban neighborhood has allowed me to witness first-hand how the sociological concepts of race and social class play a role in our educational system. I am inspired to make a difference.
Christina Caira

Criminology 2016
Staff Intern, Worcester Public Counsel, Youth Advocacy Division

Since beginning my internship, I've grown increasingly interested in the school to prison pipeline.

I have learned that certain policies within the education system dictate whether a child will stay in school and receive an education, or become expelled and be pushed into a life with an increased likelihood for unemployment, dependence on social-welfare, and imprisonment.
Korey Kajko

Criminology 2017
Intern, Superior Court at Office of the Middlesex District Attorney

The classes that I have taken have enabled me to tackle real-life issues and circumstances.

My internship provided me the opportunity to be immersed in the DA’s office and see, first-hand, cases prosecuted that are both severe in nature and crucial to the safety of our communities as well as cases that are minor offenses.
Joseph Bretta

Criminology 2018
Intern, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The professors have been extremely influential as I prepare for the next part of my life.

Assumption has taught me to be professional and patient. I can't believe how fast these four years have gone, but I am really looking forward to completing my internship with the Narragansett Police Department.
Ryan Dalli

Criminology 2018
Intern, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

I'd tell incoming students that the amount of knowledge flowing in these classrooms is exponential.

My Assumption experience played a critical role in my internship because, throughout my four years, I have learned who I am as a person and have grown stronger every day. All of the professors in the Sociology and Criminology department have contributed to my success.
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