Sociology is a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies. Sociologists study the impact of social structures (e.g., gender, race, class, ethnicity) and institutions on human decisions, societies, and opportunities.
Criminology is the study of crime and delinquency and their prevention and control. The major in Criminology is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the social control systems of a society.
The Sociology and Criminology department at Villanova offers four undergraduate degrees: the major and minor in sociology, and the major and minor in criminology.
The main areas of interest in sociology include sociological theory, social movements, social problems, race, gender, class, deviance, poverty/inequality, the family, sociology of religion, sociology of social work, residential segregation, sociology of sport, political sociology, and medical sociology.
The main areas of interest in criminology include criminological theory; criminal justice policies; the criminal justice system; the interactions of gender/race/class and criminological topics; the courts; mass incarceration/prisons and punishment; juvenile delinquency/juvenile justice; sociology of punishment; and economics and crime.
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Sociology and Criminology have strong crossover with other social sciences disciplines including, but not limited to, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, history, communications, business, and political science.