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Gain an understanding of a variety of social experiences, from our everyday behaviors and interactions with friends and family to large-scale social sectors like economies, governments, and religions, with a Criminology and Criminal Justice major or minor. You can also participate in our 4+1 master's program in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Grounded in statistics, research, and theory, the Criminology and Criminal Justice program is centrally focused on the perspective of social structure and social processes.

Contact Information

Katie Farina, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice Program Details

As a Criminology and Criminal Justice major, you’ll examine the causes and consequences of deviant and normal behavior, learn how to conduct and evaluate research, analyze the major criminal justice institutions, and critically evaluate social policies related to crime, deviance, and social control.

You’ll graduate prepared to examine crime, corrections, and the criminal justice system from a critical, research-based stance with special emphasis on the importance of social structures and social processes.

You’ll learn research skills from start to finish as you work with faculty on a research project and participate in off-campus supervised internships, earning credits while exploring career choices.

Juniors can apply for our Master's in Criminology and Criminal Justice 4+1 program. Through this joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program, qualified undergraduate students may earn both degrees in just five years.

You may also earn a Spanish Certificate in Criminal Justice and Social Services. The certificate focuses on language skills and terminology for professions in criminology, sociology, psychology, and social work. 

Employment Outlook

Learn to analyze these social experiences and apply this knowledge to careers in business, crime and punishment, or other government or social institutions.

A major in Criminology and Criminal Justice prepares you to participate in graduate programs of sociology and criminal justice, as well as for careers in:

Law enforcement—police officer, US marshall, Secret Service agent, corrections officer, adult and juvenile probation officer, US postal inspector 

Research/Intelligence—intelligence data analyst, criminal investigator, grant writer, researcher associate 

Community—reentry and rehabilitation case manager, victim advocate, adult and juvenile court administrator 

Program Highlights

  • Major or minor option
  • Faculty-guided research project and in-depth advising
  • Research-based, sequenced curriculum, which prepares you for graduate school and the workforce
  • Off-campus supervised internship program. All Criminology and Criminal Justice majors at Cabrini graduate with an internship, which increases your knowledge, experience, and marketability

Skills Learned

  • Socially observe and analyze criminal behavior
  • Understand the impact of crime on victims and communities and the manner by which offenders are held accountable for their actions
  • Increase understanding of the social institutions and social processes that influence criminal behaviors
  • Assess and undertake research in criminology and criminal justice
  • Practice and evaluate critically the application of criminological analysis to real-life settings