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.

Job Opening: Director of the Graterford Program

The Director will share responsibility for recruitment and supervision of faculty members who teach at Graterford; participate in curricular development; coordinate logistics with the administration of the State Correctional Institution at Graterford (SCIG), serve as liaison between Graterford administrators, students, faculty, and Villanova; help develop internship and service-learning opportunities associated with Graterford and the criminal justice system (e.g., the Prison Literacy Program and Sisters Returning Home); pursue funding opportunities for the Graterford program; and, act as academic advisor for students.  The position also includes teaching at least one course per semester at Graterford and collecting and maintaining relevant program information on program participants.  The Director will report to the Graterford Faculty Advisory Committee.  As noted in the online position description, the position also entails a number of regular logistical responsibilities that must be performed reliably, consistently, and transparently.  This is essential to running a smooth functioning project inside such a facility.  Candidates will have at least an M.A in sociology or criminology with a Ph.D. preferred, and preferably experience as a college faculty member or administrator. Link to online job posting:

Kenny Tsang on the value of his studies in sociology and criminology

Recent sociology and criminology graduate Kenny Tsang explains the intellectual and career benefits that he received by studying in the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

Building a Foundation for Success by Michael Engle, Esquire

Michael Engle, Esquire shares how graduating as a Sociology major prepares you for a variety of career paths, including his chosen one of law school and then a thriving legal practice. Here’s your opportunity to find out – in just a few minutes – how the Department of Sociology and Criminology will provide you with essential tools and resources for future success.

Introducing Our Newest Faculty Member, Dr. Melissa J. Hodges


Melissa Hodges is thrilled to be joining the department and the community at Villanova this fall. Receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her primary research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of race, class, gender inequalities and work and occupations.  Read more about Professor Hodges...

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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