Criminal Justice and Sociology (BA)

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Why Criminal Justice and Sociology?

We are all shaped and influenced by the societies and groups we belong to, and the relationships we have with others.

Understanding the underlying forces that shape behavior – including criminal behavior – will allow you to explore the meaning of justice and methods of improving safety in society.

Why Study Criminal Justice and Sociology at Iona?

This unique program draws from the strengths and interconnectedness of our programs in Criminal Justice and Sociology.

You will be taught by outstanding faculty members who are actively engaged and sought-after experts in the fields of sociology and criminal justice. You will work alongside them in hands-on research and be connected to their network of industry professionals who can help you in your career.

Our active alumni network of more than 50,000 accomplished professionals are eager to offer support and bring you into their organizations for instruction, internships, and employment opportunities!

You will be prepared for success in a wide variety of careers including: research, business, non-profit management, law enforcement, probation & parole services, justice administration, criminology, community services, victims’ services, civil advocacy, public service, and other governmental positions.

What You'll Learn

This unique degree will give you insight into America’s rich diversity of cultures.

You will gain a deep understanding of the complex relationships between the social problems of crime, poverty, unemployment, urbanization, alienation, public health, inequality, and public policies.

You will gain an awareness of different ways in which human situations are defined on the basis of sex, social class, age, race and ethnic group. You will also explore people’s complex relationships with politics, religion, economics, law and culture.

You will also gain skills in communications and technology, analyzing data, critical thinking, research, problem-solving and much more.

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Careers & Outcomes

With a background in two integral areas, you will have an understanding in why and how people operate in society and how that impacts the criminal justice sector. Whether you want to pursue a path in social work, research, law enforcement, advocacy and more – you will be ready to serve justice and make a positive impact!

Job Titles:

  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Social Services Manager
  • Police Officer
  • Prevention Family Specialist
  • Domestic Violence Victim Advocate


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Program Highlights

Valuable Internships

You will have valuable internship opportunities at over 100 local, state, federal agencies as well as law offices, including U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, state and local policy agencies, victim services, county jails and mental health units.

“Eye-Opening” Courses

Students have been astounded by some of the discoveries they’ve made in our popular sociology and criminal justice courses, applying theories and concepts in new innovative ways in the field. Popular courses include:

  • Deviant Behavior
  • Popular Culture
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Sex and Gender Roles in Modern Society
  • Victimology

Independent Research

You will have opportunities to participate in hands-on research focused on emerging topics in the sociology and criminal justice fields. Sociology and Criminal Justice students are regular participants in our annual Iona Scholar’s Day, sharing results of sociology research projects and participating in panels.

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