Program Director: Kelly Welch, Ph.D.
Office Location: 274 Saint Augustine Center
Telephone: (610) 519-7048
The Criminology major is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with an understanding of the causes, social functions, nature and application of criminal law, and societal reactions to criminal law. Criminologists believe that people’s actions are strongly influenced by the conditions and situations in which they live, work, and play. Everybody makes decisions, but we recognize and study how social structures and institutions affect and constrain those decisions. Our goal as researchers is to expose and analyze the impacts of those circumstances on human decisions, societies, and opportunities. Methodologically, we incorporate multiple perspectives and analytical approaches to help create a more holistic understanding of our society. Rather than a technical program which focuses on applied skills, our program emphasizes the justice component. Our mission as teachers is to empower students to think critically and rigorously about individuals and societies. Through our diverse offerings on local, regional, national and global social processes, we strive to create more complete human beings with a keen sense of humanity, social justice, and appropriate social policy.
MAJOR (33 credits)
To declare the Major, a student must have completed Introduction to Criminology (CRM 1001), with a “C+” or higher or have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The Major consists of 33 credits. A student must allow three full semesters after the declaration of the Major to complete all requirements. One of the Criminology electives for the Major can be satisfied by an internship for credit with approval from the Program Director, provided that the student has at least 15 credits toward the Major.
- A student taking an internship in a field setting in the second semester of their junior year or during their senior year should consult with the Program Director.