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Welcome to the Criminology Program!

Criminology is the scientific study of crime and its causes. The major in criminology prepares the Le Moyne student interested in understanding crime and who appreciates approaches to crime and justice that are consistent with a liberal arts environment in the Jesuit tradition. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing on relevant professional disciplines.

Currently, there is an increasing interest among college students in the study of forensics. Although students often believe they should major in criminology to begin on the path toward a career in forensics, this is a misconception. Students interested in forensics should major in chemistry, biological sciences, or biochemistry, depending upon which aspect of forensics interests them. For a career in forensics, an undergraduate degree in the sciences is the necessary step toward viable career options.

Criminology Courses and Requirements

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities in Criminology, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

Meet the Faculty

To learn more about the faculty in the Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology, please click here.

Mission Statement for the Criminology Major

The criminology program at Le Moyne College engages students in the rigorous study of crime, the various causes and consequences of criminal behavior, and the role of the criminal justice system. Students learn to use data with multiple methods of analysis to achieve a better understanding of crime. Graduates are able to apply diverse analytical perspectives to a global world and are prepared to provide leadership toward a more ethical and just society.

Learning Goals for the Criminology Major

The goals of the curriculum for the bachelor's degree in criminology include the expectation that student will develop the following competencies and be able to practice them upon receiving their degree.

  1. Theory. Students will develop the ability to discuss and apply classic and contemporary criminological theory. This is demonstrated through appropriate use of criminological perspectives and the ability to synthesize existing theories to address original questions. Graduates should possess an understanding of the role of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture and power in criminological analysis.
  2. Methods. Students develop the ability to conduct research about crime, criminals and the criminal justice system and are able to understand and critique existing social science research. Graduates should possess a familiarity with and ability to apply a professional code of ethics to research and practice and to link this ability to a set of personal and professional ethics consistent with Le Moyne's mission.
  3. Professional Socialization. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship between criminology and other allied social science disciplines and the ability to communicate criminological information in oral, written and graphical form to professional and lay audiences. Students are prepared for graduate or professional education and/or entry-level positions in areas for which the major has provided training.
Cliff Donn

Cliff Donn

Criminology View Bio
Kalfani Nyerere Ture

Kalfani Nyerere Ture

Criminology View Bio
Matt Loveland

Matt Loveland

Political Science View Bio

Our Next Social Science Seminar

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Tuesday, February 9th

Shana Gadarian, Ph.D.
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
“Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World”

Reilley Room, 4th floor of Reilly Hall, 4:00 pm
Presentations and Q&A: 4-5 pm; time to socialize: 5-5:30 pm

Social Science Seminar Series
Presentations by invited guests and Le Moyne faculty

All events begin at 4:00 pm in the Reilley Room, 4th floor of Reilly Hall.

For more information, contact Dr. Brenda Kirby.

Tuesday, February 9th

Shana Gadarian, Ph.D
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
“Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World’s

Tuesday, March 1st

Wayne Grove, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
"Does Performance at Young Ages Predict Professional Success? Evidence from Professional Tennis."

Tuesday, March 22nd

Kalfani Ture
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology
"The Making and Unmaking of an African American Urban Ghetto: Structural Violence, Identity and Place."

Tuesday, April 5th

Frank Ridzi, Ph.D, and Monica Sylvia, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology & Department of Psychology
“Researching With and For the Community: The Literacy Coalition and the Effectiveness of Book Distribution Programs.”

Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Frank Ridzi


(315) 445-4480


Contact the Department:

Reilly Hall 416
Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4100