The field of criminology involves every vital area of human interaction. From issues of social justice to urban life, social stratification, and family relations, criminology provides insight into the human condition. Whether you choose a career in law and advocacy, management and personnel, or any of the allied criminal justice fields, a criminology degree from Immaculata gives you an opportunity to practice social justice.
The interdisciplinary nature of criminology, beyond offering practical experience, produces well-rounded graduates capable of expressing ideas with clarity and confidence. Within the liberal arts setting, you will be equipped with powerful tools: analytical reasoning, precise communication, and persuasive speaking and writing. Combined with a broad base of historical and political knowledge, these elements form a foundation for active leadership in your chosen career.
A criminology major opens doors to a range of careers in law, social services, correctional systems, criminal justice administration, and government. The major also provides a foundation for graduate work in law, social work, sociology, public policy and criminal justice.
Some typical career opportunities include:
- Federal agencies: FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshall, Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration
- State agencies: attorney general’s office, warden systems, state police
- County offices: sheriff, coroner, crime scene investigator, police
- Probation (federal, state, county)
- Parole (federal, state, county)
- Court or school social work
- Homeland security
Hiring preference for positions such as probation and parole officers is given to students with college degrees in sociology, psychology or criminology and who have experience in a social services agency or a correctional system.
Internships provide a rich opportunity to combine classroom knowledge with work experience. In Practicum I you spend one day a week observing real-life situations in the local criminal justice system. In Practicum II you complete a second supervised internship for 12 to 16 hours per week. These invaluable experiences give you a definite edge over graduates who have not had the benefit of field experiences.
Internships are required for students in the College of Undergraduate Studies, and optional but recommended for adult students in the College of LifeLong Learning.
The following list is a sample of field sites in which you may complete your internship:
- Community Mental Health Services
- Devereaux Behavioral Disorders
- Intermediate Unit, Early Intervention Classroom
- Philadelphia Corrections
- Residential Treatment for Male Juvenile Offenders
- Chester County Prison
- Chester County Probation and Parole
- Understand the adult and juvenile justice system
- Know the roles of the various parties involved with criminal justice: police, courts, and correctional agencies
- Grasp the theories and practice of criminology and criminal justice programs
- Understand criminology within the context of sociology and the behavioral sciences
- Be prepared to meet the challenges of administering justice in applied settings that require analytic and research skills
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