DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY
The Sociology and Criminology department at Villanova engages students in the study of social and institutional factors that influence individual actions and key social outcomes, including inequality, discrimination and crime, among others.
Our department offers undergraduate degrees in both sociology and criminology, as well as minors in each.
Sociologists and criminologists believe that people’s actions are strongly influenced by the conditions in which they live, work and play. Everybody makes decisions, but we recognize and study how social structures and institutions affect and constrain those decisions.
Our curriculum includes a wide range of courses covering relevant theories of social and criminological behavior, elective courses that apply those theories to a range of important social issues and policies, and methodology courses that help students learn tools to carry out independent research.
Our goal is to allow students to gain a more holistic understanding of our society and to empower them to think critically about individual and social actions.