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Criminology Major

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Why Study Criminology?

Criminology focuses on all aspects of crime, including the causes of crime as well as its consequences. It also seeks to measure the effectiveness of society's responses to crime and propose ways to prevent and address criminal behavior. Criminologists help develop policies and procedures for communities and police departments, leading to improvements across the criminal justice system.

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Why Study Criminology at Eastern?

The Criminology major examines the nature of criminal law, the causes of criminal behavior, and societal responses to crime and offenders. The program approaches the study of crime and crime problems primarily from a sociological perspective, with an emphasis on social inequality and diversity. Students who earn the degree enter the field with greater understanding of social and cultural differences, and how these impact experiences and attitudes about crime, offenders and the criminal justice system. The Criminology minor is also available to other majors.

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Salary Potential


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Career Options

  • Community Corrections Case Manager
  • Correctional Counselor
  • Investigator
  • Juvenile Intake Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Police Dispatcher
  • Probation Officer
  • S. Marshall
  • Victim Advocate

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern students who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in Computer Science are at the following companies and graduate schools:

  • Trumbull Police Department
  • Community Partners in Action
  • Community Solutions, Inc.
  • Charleston (SC) School of Law
  • Perceptions
  • Horizons
  • NAFI Connecticut
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Alumni Testimonials

Liselotte Hammer ’18
University of Bristol

Liselotte Hammer ’18

Sociology and Criminology double-major Liselotte Hammer is pursuing a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Bristol in England. “I had the best experience at Eastern. The classes were outstanding, my fellow students provided such a strong support system, but the best part was the professors. Every single one of them went out of their way to make sure their students understand the material.”

Paige Russo ’16
Police Dispatcher

Paige Russo ’16

Sociology major and Criminology minor Paige Russo is a police dispatcher at Manchester Police Department. “My criminology education gave me the knowledge to work with and understand different types of people. My two internships — one in bail commission and another in adult probation — piqued my interest in working as a police dispatcher.”

Alexis Lyonnais ’17
Social Work Trainee

Alexis Lyonnais ’17

Psychology major and Criminology minor Alexis Lyonnais is a full-time social work trainee with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). “Minoring in criminology has allowed me to explore the juvenile justice system and understand how kids may end up in ‘the system,’ whether through acts of delinquency or socioeconomic status.”

Brandon Knieriem ’13
University of New Haven

Brandon Knieriem ’13

Sociology major and Criminology minor Brandon Knieriem earned a computer science master’s degree from the University of New Haven to compliment his interests in digital investigation, forensics and security. “Criminology — and sociology at large — permanently changed the way I consider human behavior. It’s never as simple as black and white; it’s all about perspectives.”