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“I am intrigued by the Criminal Justice system. Now that I have taken an array of classes ranging from the psychological view of criminology to the clinical view of the law, I know my career options are endless.”
Kestrel Colomb '12
Kestrel Colomb

Bachelor's Degree in Criminology

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 30 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.

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