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.

Building a Foundation for Success by Michael Engle, Esquire

In this short video, 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...

Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Professor Jill A. McCorkel - September 16 

Please join us in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. for a Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Professor Jill A. McCorkel, Department of Sociology and Criminology. Dr. McCorkel will be talking about her recently published book, Breaking Women: Gender, Race and the New Politics of Imprisonment. Dr. McCorkel will discuss how her four years of research in a major U.S. women’s prison helped her to uncover the reasons tougher drug policies have so greatly affected those incarcerated there, and how the very nature of punishment in women’s detention centers has been deeply altered as a result.

This event is free and open to the public.

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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