Department of Sociology & Criminology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology & Criminology

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The department offers undergraduate programs in Sociology (major; minor) and Criminology (major; minor).  Please take your time and explore our website.  You can find information about our current course offerings in Sociology and Criminology; learn more about our department and our award-winning faculty; read about what students are involved with in and out of the classroom; check out resources regarding internships, career preparation, research, service learning, and graduate school; and review our departmental newsletter.  Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Robert DeFina, the Department Chair, at 610.519.4482.

Update from a Recent Graduate!

"After graduation, I started working as an intern with the Organized Crime Task Force at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. I committed to volunteering for a year, but I'm so happy to say that I was recently hired!  My title is Investigative Analyst, and I work with attorneys and investigators with investigations of criminal enterprises.  A big part of my job is monitoring wiretaps and surveillance videos, and analyzing phone, financial, and other records that I've subpoenaed. It's a ton of writing, but I honestly think that being a SOC and CRJ major prepared me for it (with all those research papers and such)!  My boss told me that I have the writing ability of an attorney... I have the SOC/CRJ professors to thank for that!!  I love my job, and it has been awesome thus far." 

-Nicole Accurso '13 (submitted May 2014)

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Contact Information

Department of Sociology & Criminology
Villanova University
Saint Augustine Center
Room 204
800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085 
Phone: 610.519.4740
Fax: 610.519.6319

Robert DeFina, Ph.D., Department Chair, 610.519.4482
Mary Ann Hostler, Administrative Assistant for the Sociology Program, 610.519.4742
Sarah Spencer, Administrative Assistant for the Criminology Program, 610.519.4786
Mariana Pardes, Research Associate, 610.519.7275