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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.