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Criminology

About

As a Criminology major you will examine the factors that cause crime rates to rise and fall, develop your skills and knowledge about the justice system, and explore new and innovative approaches to dealing with crime and the communities affected by it. At Saint Michael’s we take a truly integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to Criminology that combines skill development, foundational knowledge, and creative application into one integrated whole.

Our graduates pursue careers in law enforcement, victims’ advocacy, correctional drug counseling, community justice coordination, law school, and more. At Saint Michael’s we encourage all of our students to ask critical questions about justice, inequality, and public safety, and the relationship of these principles to our nation’s unfortunate history of racialized incarceration. Guided by the Edmundite principles of social justice and human dignity and using Vermont’s experience as a national leader in Restorative Justice, our program exposes students to key issues faced by professionals and administrators in law enforcement and the justice system, and provides them with hands-on opportunities to address public safety through internships at places such as Vermont State Police or the state-wide network of Community Justice Centers.

Curriculum

Major Requirements

Courses Offered

Foundations (3 courses)

  • SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • CR 201 Theories of Crime, Justice and Race*
  • PO 338 Criminal Justice

*This course is an “Engaging Diverse Identities” course. Students must take at least one additional EDI course in order to complete the major.

Skills and Knowledge Base (6 courses)

  • ST 120 Elementary Statistics (PS 213 Psychological Statistics and EC 205 Statistics for Economics will also be accepted)
  • SO 209 Research Methods of Sociology
  • Choose two courses from the following list
    • SO 218 Deviance, Norms and Soc Control
    • CR 318 Victimology
    • PS 320 Psychology and Law
    • CR 218 Issues in Contemporary Policing
    • BI 2XX Forensic Science
    • HI 3XX History of Crime and Policing in Britain
    • One course may be selected from 200-level or higher CRJ courses offered at Champlain College; current offerings include courses such as CRJ 230 Criminal Investigation and CRJ 255 White-Collar Crime
  • Multi-disciplinary Elective: Choose one course from the following list:
    • PS 250 Social Psychology
    • PS 256 Abnormal Psychology
    • PS 310 Drugs and Behavior
    • ES 306 Environmental Justice
    • PO 330 Capital Punishment in America
    • PH 205 Philosophy of Society
    • AN 217 Social Inequalities
    • GG 201 Urban Geography
    • AL 250 Intercultural Communication
  • Enhancing Statistical or Communicative Capacities: Choose one course from either of the two subcategories below:
    Statistical Capacity:

    • DS 203 Data Science (recommended)
    • ST 251 Probability
    • ST 252 Mathematical Statistics and Methods
      Communicative Capacity:
    • SP 203 Third Semester Spanish
    • FR 203 Third Semester French

Application (3 courses)

  • CR 499 internship
  • CR 449 capstone
  • Choose one course in Restorative Approaches to Criminology:
    • SO 318 Restorative Justice
    • SO 4XX Restorative Models of Juvenile Justice
    • SO 4XX New Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence

In Depth

Criminology is a multi-disciplinary program with courses in three separate but overlapping areas of preparation:

  • Foundations
  • Skills and Knowledge Base
  • Application

The course plan builds upon the College’s strength in the social sciences in order to equip students with strong research skills, while also introducing new courses that will expose students to some of the key issues faced by practitioners and administrators in law enforcement and the justice system. Additionally, the curriculum that will introduce students to innovative programs aimed at addressing public safety through mobilizing community efforts in creative efforts such as Vermont’s highly regarded Restorative and Community Justice network.

In Depth

Criminology is a multi-disciplinary program with courses in three separate but overlapping areas of preparation:

  • Foundations
  • Skills and Knowledge Base
  • Application

The course plan builds upon the College’s strength in the social sciences in order to equip students with strong research skills, while also introducing new courses that will expose students to some of the key issues faced by practitioners and administrators in law enforcement and the justice system. Additionally, the curriculum that will introduce students to innovative programs aimed at addressing public safety through mobilizing community efforts in creative efforts such as Vermont’s highly regarded Restorative and Community Justice network.