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Sociology & Criminology


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.

Departments/programs/subject areas supported

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.

Resources Collected

NOTE: Electronic format is preferred for all Library holdings unless otherwise noted.

  • Scholarly monographs in electronic and print format (academic and trade press preferred)
  • Academic journals in electronic format (peer-reviewed preferred)
  • Academic databases in the social sciences, including full-text news resources from the non-mainstream press

Resources and materials collected selectively or by request:

  • Audiovisual materials
  • Academic journals in print format (only if electronic is unavailable)
  • Reference data, handbooks, dictionaries, and other material (electronic strongly preferred)

Resources not collected:

  • Microform
  • Non-Villanova theses and dissertations
  • Conference proceedings (selectively)
  • Ephemera
  • Preprints
  • Print government documents
  • Hardware and software manuals
  • Instructor’s materials
  • Juvenile works
  • Manuscripts
  • Pamphlets

Collaborations within the library

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.

External collaborations



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