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    Welcome to the Criminology Program!

    Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior. It focuses on:

    • The nature and extent of crime
    • Risk factors for and causes of criminal offending
    • Consequences of crime/criminal offending/criminal victimization
    • Responses to crime and criminal events

    The criminology program is interdisciplinary, drawing on relevant professional disciplines. The program strives to provide students with a high quality learning environment that fosters academic as well as emotional intelligence in the spirit of the Jesuit tradition. The major prepares students who are interested in understanding crime and who appreciate approaches to crime and justice that are consistent with a liberal arts education with a foundation by which they may advance their knowledge and application.

    Critical to our mission, we seek to create life-long learners who understand how the knowledge gained in the classroom applies in the “real world.” To this end, the department helps students to understand and conduct basic and applied research. It also develops theoretical understanding on the causes of crime so students may gain insight while considering implications on policy and practice. Further, the department encourages students to become leaders by "doing" (e.g. taking action on and off campus to raise awareness about critical social issues, working in collaboration with community partners to provide various services, developing informed strategies/responses to address pressing crime problems, etc.). Students encounter numerous experiential learning opportunities including internships that prepare them to transition into careers.

    Students who pursue criminology as an area of study commonly seek/gain employment in areas such as policing, courts, corrections, and victim- as well as offender-oriented services. They may also work with research, data analysis, and policy.

    Students in the program also gain skills that prepare them for graduate programs in criminology, criminal justice, and other interdisciplinary programs as well as law school. Such programs can open a variety of new career possibilities including those of applied researchers, attorneys, and college professors.

    For those who complete our program possible careers may include work in a number of fields or with various organizations and agencies such as: FBI CIA Secret Service Marshal’s Office U.S. Customs State Supreme Court Naval Intelligence State & Local Police Detective/Private Investigator Dispatcher Security Specialist Court Clerk Legal Secretary Paralegal Prosecutor or Defense Attorney Parole/Probation Offices Community Corrections and Reintegration Sex Offender Program Specialist Drug Abuse/Addiction Management Community Development Juvenile Supervision Officer Youth Detention Worker or Counselor Domestic/Sexual Violence Agencies Child Protection Specialist Victim Advocacy Social Services Emergency Shelter Services Crisis Intervention Social Researcher Criminal Profiler Cybersecurity Specialist Crime Analyst/Research Analyst

    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
    Alison Marganski

    Alison Marganski

    Criminology View Bio
    Jeffrey Chin

    Jeffrey Chin

    Sociology View Bio

    Our Next Social Sciences Seminar

    Tuesday, September 19

    My Heart is Too Steep: Emotional Moderation and the "Level" Self Among the Akha of Thailand and Burma
    Dr. Deborah Tooker
    Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology, Le Moyne College

    Reilley Room (Reilly Hall 446), 4:00 pm
    Presentation and Q&A: 4-5 pm; time to socialize: 5-5:30 pm

    Click here for the full schedule of Fall 2017 Social Sciences seminars.

    Social Sciences Seminars
    Presentations by invited guests and Le Moyne faculty and students

    Join us to learn about the active social science research programs at Le Moyne and beyond. Speakers include Le Moyne faculty members and students, as well as researchers and professors from other colleges and universities.

    Sponsored by the social science departments. For more information, contact Dr. Wayne Grove.

    Seminars are held on Tuesday afternoons in the Reilley Room, Reilly Hall 446, at 4:00pm

    Tuesday, September 19

    My Heart is Too Steep: Emotional Moderation and the “Level” Self Among the Akha of Thailand and Burma
    Dr. Deborah Tooker
    Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology, Le Moyne College

    Tuesday, October 3

    Not Your Average Master’s Thesis: Connecting Research to Practice
    Brianna Vespone ’13 M.S., N.C.C.
    Career Advisor, University of Rochester

    Tuesday, October 24

    Valuing Recreational Services, Like Hunting, Fishing and Camping, Using the Travel Cost Method
    Mariela Cavo, Ph.D.
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Le Moyne College

    Tuesday, November 14

    Right to Sell in the City: Politics of Informal Retail in the Neoliberal Era
    Anirban Acharya, M.A., M.Phil.
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Le Moyne College

    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


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