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Criminology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Worcester, MA, United States
Criminology is the study of theories that explain why individuals engage in criminal behavior and how the criminal justice system operates. Students who pursue a Criminology degree at Assumption College prepare for a career in law, criminal justice, social work, government service, human resources or business. 
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Criminology is far more than the study of "how" crimes occur, it explains the underlying reasons why crimes occur in society. The Criminology major at Assumption College provides students with an understanding of crime as a social phenomenon, both regarding its causes and its consequences for society. 

Coursework in the major encompasses the study of how laws are made (the sociology of law), why some people break those laws (theories of crime), and the societal reaction to law-breaking behavior by the criminal justice system (the field of penology).The Criminology major also gives students a strong background in the social science research methods and sociological theories they will need throughout their careers.

The Criminology major at Assumption emphasizes personal, hands-on experience and independent research. The required Internship Seminar provides opportunities for experiential learning in agencies and organizations within the criminal justice system or closely allied professions like victim services agencies.

Benefits and Features of a Criminology Degree at Assumption:

  • Opportunity to double major in sociology and criminology in just 18 courses.
  • An understanding of the history of the field of criminology as an academic discipline that is both broad and deep
  • Exposure to the theories of legal creation
  • Receive training in the scientific skills that form the foundation of the discipline of criminology  – essential skills regardless of your career path.
  • Develop an appreciation of how the criminal justice system operates.
  • Acquire skills that are most sought by employers, including writing, oral presentations, data analysis, and the ability to analyze organizational structures.
  • Opportunities to conduct research with faculty.
  • Present your own research project at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and regional and national professional meetings.
  • Develop mentoring relationships with faculty; our small department allows students to get to know the faculty well.
  • Apply learning in the real world and explore careers through Internships (link to internships page).
  • Flexibility in selecting elective courses to match your special interests.

Career Opportunities

Assumption criminology graduates have found careers in:

  • Institutional Corrections
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Probation and Parole\
  • Social and Human Service Agencies
  • Diversion and treatment programs that are designed to provide alternatives to incarceration, especially for juvenile offenders

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:


    • Early Decision: November 1
    • Early Action: November 1
    • Early Action II: December 15
    • Regular Decision: February 15
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Criminology
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Internship I
  • Internship II

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Common Application
  • A personal statement or essay (part of the Common Application)
  • Official Educational Records from secondary schools
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, waived if applicable
  • Assumption College requires SAT or ACT scores if your language or language of instruction is not English.
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor
  • Bank statement which must be officially certified or notarized indicating that the candidate has sufficient funds to study at Assumption College. 
  • $50 application fee made payable to Assumption College (You can pay this fee through the Common Application.) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43178 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43178 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43178 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43178 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Worcester

  • 1100 - 1620 USD/month
    Living Costs

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