Office of Assessment


Criminology Mission Statement

The Criminology Program provides a challenging interdisciplinary education in a liberal arts setting. The structure of the program affords students the opportunity to understand crime, criminal behavior, and social control from a comparative perspective. The program broadly seeks to challenge, motivate, and inspire students to think critically, contribute professionally, and be engaged civically.


Criminology Major Learning Objectives

  1. Critically analyze and apply criminological schools of thought to the social world.
  2. Develop an understanding of criminal behavior, criminal justice systems, definitions of crime and deviance, and mechanisms of social control.
  3. Recognize the causes and consequences of inequality as they relate to crime and justice systems.
  4. Learn to conduct and critique quantitative and qualitative empirical criminological research.