Criminology & Criminal Justice, within the Department of Behavioral Sciences, is a diverse field grounded in philosophy, which searches for answers to why people commit crimes, or whether there is such a thing as a born killer.


Criminology strives to understand the nature of crime and society, and the theoretical underpinnings that guide how people are punished, controlled or rehabilitated. The curriculum allows you to learn about the Criminological perspective, and gives you an understanding of the theoretical perspectives of the field. 

Students who successfully complete the criminology major will be able to:

  • Define, explain, and use the correct terminology applicable to the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components and functions of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections)
  • Articulate the historical development of key issues, policies, and practices in criminology and criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research and analyze crime data
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the link between theoretical foundations of crime and the development of crime policy
  • Understand the ethical and social justice implications of criminology and social justice inquiry 

Behavioral Sciences - Criminology & Criminal Justice Programs

  Behavioral Science Major
  Criminology Major
  Criminology Minor
  Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation Minor
The Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation Minor at the Mount is designed to provide students an introduction to the study of the growing number of non-violent crimes that are committed for financial gain through fraud and deception.
  Gerontology Minor
  Sociology Minor
  Socio-Psychology Minor
  Victim Studies Minor

Graduates of criminology & criminal justice are well prepared for careers in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal investigation
  • Corrections
  • Probation
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Youth counseling
  • Crime analysis
  • Security management
  • Public administration
  • Graduate studies in law, criminal justice, forensic science and more



Criminology & Criminal Justice Faculty

J.W. Carter II

Ph. D. Associate Professor

Pierre Rivolta

Ph. D., CFE Associate Professor