Criminology is the scientific study of crime and its causes. The major in criminology and crime & justice studies prepares the Le Moyne student interested in understanding crime and who appreciate approaches to crime and justice that are consistent with a liberal arts environment in the Jesuit tradition. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing on relevant professional disciplines.
There are four concentration areas for the criminology, crime and justice studies major:
1. Law enforcement concentration
2. Research concentration
3. International affairs concentration
4. Human services concentration
Each of the concentrations is tailored to prepare students for their particular interests and career goals. All students complete the core curriculum; students also complete the coursework required for his or her concentration.
Students Interested in Forensics
Currently there is an increasing interest in forensics by college students. Although students often believe they should major in criminology to begin on the path toward a career in forensics, this is a mistaken assumption. Students interested in forensics should major in chemistry, biology or bio-chemistry, depending upon which aspect of forensics interests them. For a career in forensics, an undergraduate degree in the sciences is the necessary step toward viable career options.