Criminology studies the etiology, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and criminal behavior. Traditionally, this field of study has been closely aligned with the discipline of sociology, and the focus has been on the social origins of crime and criminal behavior, as well as societal reactions towards it. The criminology program at Holy Names University is interdisciplinary in nature. It consists of a combination of sociology and psychology coursework, as well as several courses dealing specifically with the subject of crime and criminal justice.
The major has a requirement of 32 upper division units, plus an additional 12 units of preparation. These courses are designed to give the students a broad overview of the criminal justice system and an array of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of crime and constructive intervention to criminal behavior. Within the major, students may pursue a “forensic psychology” concentration, which provides a greater emphasis on psychology coursework, or a more generalist program, which substitutes more sociology coursework. The program’s research focus provides a foundation for leadership and analytic positions. In adherence to the mission of HNU, the overall program is concerned with promoting social justice and the common good for those working within the criminal justice system.
To these ends, students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology will be able to 1) Analyze theories and historical trends in criminology in the United States and internationally. 2) Use social scientific research methods to the study of crime. 3) Apply ethical standards to evaluate criminological science and practice. 4)Effectively communicate orally and in writing. 5) Apply criminology content and skills to career goals.
The degree prepares students for work in the specific areas of law enforcement or probations, juvenile justice, the courts, corrections, or victim services, as well as graduate work in sociology, forensic and counseling psychology, social work and the law. The program’s research focus provides a foundation for leadership and analytic positions, as well as graduate work in sociology, forensic and counseling psychology, social work, and law.
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