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Criminal Justice & Sociology Department

The Criminal Justice program prepares students to meet the current demands of the field and provides an understanding of social, political, legal and economic issues related to criminal justice. The program prepares students for careers in law enforcement, probation & parole services, justice administration, criminology, community services and corrections as well as victims’ services.

Sociology enables one to better understand human behavior in that most human interaction is heavily influenced by the cultures and social groups to which one belongs. Sociology gives students an informed perspective on America's rich diversity of cultures, and scientific lens for understanding contemporary social and technological change.

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Joseph Salvo
As director of the population division of the NYC Department of City Planning, for nearly two decades Dr. Salvo has aggressively pursued New Yorkers whom the Census Bureau missed in its official count or would not have found unless he told the bureau where to look. The city’s chief demographer, he, along with his staff, keeps other city agencies abreast of population trends.

Dr. Gregory Wilkinson
Gregory Wilkinson, M.D. is an American doctor in Haiti who saves lives.  A graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), this Family Practitioner provides routine and emergency medical care to children and adults in impoverished communities in Haiti.  His Iona College Sociology degree enables him to treat his patients with an understanding of the social forces that shape the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Student Success

After I completed my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Iona College, the Criminal Justice master’s program allowed me to delve into an area of law in which I was most interested. The coursework, which included reading case law and statutes, research, and writing, prepared me for law school and ultimately for a career as an attorney by allowing me to hone the skills that I now use every day. The professors, who have a variety of experience in the criminal justice field, were instrumental in helping me identify my career goals and guiding me to achieve them.

Katie Vogel '09, '10MS

Criminal Justice Major