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.
An Ideal Place To Learn
All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
Erica GagneDepartment Chair, Sociology and Criminology Adjunct Faculty
Erica JablonskiAdjunct Faculty, Sociology & Criminology
Kyle WoolleyVisiting Assistant Professor of Sociology & Criminology
Learn the Skills Employers Seek
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.
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.
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?)Explore the Rome Campus
Pathways to Success
City of Providence Police Department
City of Worcester Police Department
Connecticut State Police
Framingham Public Schools
HWC, Inc. (Washington, DC)
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
Nashoba Valley Medical Center
The New England Center for Children
Town of Northborough Police Department
UMASS Boston Public Safety
U.S. Marine Corps
Voices Against Violence
Warwick Police Department
Worcester County Jail and House of Corrections
Shining Their Light
Researched the topic of homelessness and the contributing social and personal factors / Intern, Worcester County District Attorney’s Office
Assumption College is an investment which will benefit students for the rest of their lives.
The professors go out of their way to make sure students reach their full potential. Through my Senior Seminar, I’ve learned to conduct qualitative research in a real-world setting which has given me the tools to succeed as I pursue becoming a prosecuting attorney.
Researched the topic of accessing dental care and which conditions allow for various types of coverage / Emergency Shelter Intern, Abby’s House: Shelter, Housing, and Advocacy for Women
The sense of community and family at Assumption makes succeeding inevitable.
The CDIC helped me immensely while I developed my resume, providing suggestions on how to make it better and more appealing to employers, and Assumption’s professors have given me the knowledge and the confidence to take on the “real world” after graduation.
Researched how mass shooters are predominately white males and how masculinity and race has an impact / Intern, Worcester District Attorney’s Office
I’ve learned what’s expected from lawyers and have experienced what it takes to be a lawyer.
The research I’ve done has taught me how to present what I’ve learned from various studies. This will be particularly influential for me when trying cases in the future because I will already have knowledge of the different databases that are used to find research.
Researched the topic of suicide and homelessness among veterans
Assumption’s ROTC affiliation program inspired me to learn about social issues that exist.
After graduation, I will commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. As a result, the research I did is important to me because it has given me tools for success by teaching me how to not succumb to the difficulties many veterans face.
Researched how police interactions are perceived by different groups of people and the correlating relationships with law enforcement / Intern, Worcester Police Department
Assumption has laid the foundation for me to be successful in the next part of my life.
At my internship, I learned the everyday tasks of an officer and federal agent. I experienced how investigations take place and the different methods of surveillance utilized in law enforcement. I feel very prepared for the various aspects of the field I want to pursue.
Intern, Pawtucket Red Sox
I want to give back to the community and give back to the youth since they are the next generation.
I want to help youths ideally through sports. Whatever I can do to help people is what I want to pursue for a career. Through Assumption’s partnership with the Red Sox minor league baseball team, I’ve been given this opportunity.
Security, Raytheon Security
Thanks to Assumption, I have a greater work ethic and have become much more personable.
I've also learned how to interact with different types of personalities - an important skill for my career. There are so many opportunities here, including CDIC's Career Networking Night which opened many doors for me. Take advantage of everything Assumption offers!
Intern, Homeland Security Investigations
Because of Assumption, I feel very confident in my communication and presentation skills.
In addition, the College has been a great help to me professionally. I acquired my first internship because of the CDIC's Career Networking Night which is where I met my future internship supervisor. We talked about conducting an internship and within the week, I started!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First-rate Academics in a Catholic College Setting
Assumption College strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the College pursues these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares students for professionally and personally rewarding lives of meaning.Our Mission
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.
Sociology and Criminology Spotlight for Admitted Students
A special event for admitted students! Take a closer look at the social structures that impact our lives during the Sociology and Criminology Spotlight. Begin your morning hearing from faculty and then experience hands-on classroom activities including: “You Be the Judge” and “Picture Your Family.” ...