Why Study Sociology?

What will a major in Sociology prepare you to do? You will find sociology majors in many different occupations. Employment opportunities with a bachelor’s degree include entry-level positions in the following areas: advertising, banking, counseling, consulting, criminal justice, health services, human resources, marketing, sales, and social research.

Liberal Arts students are very successful at entering the business world. Corporate recruiters are interested in serious students with strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills, as well as computer literacy and familiarity with research and statistics. All of these skills can be improved in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Villanova University.

More information on careers in sociology can be found at the American Sociological Association’s website.

Why Study Criminology?

What will a major in Criminology prepare you to do? The liberal arts focus of our criminology program will prepare you to write and communicate well, develop analytical and problem-solving skills, and other abilities which graduate schools and employers’ value.

You could build a career as a juvenile court caseworker, probation officer or working with at-risk youth. Crime prevention agencies develop and implement programs for families, schools and communities designed to reduce crime, and your skills would be a valuable asset in these efforts. If you feel strongly about making a difference, then hands-on work in a teen runaway shelter or domestic violence shelter may be appealing to you.


Professional Development

In addition to a strong GPA, employers seek applicants who have a broad educational background and who acquire real world experience. Internships provide students with opportunities to explore careers, acquire professional experience, and prepare for post-graduate employment.

Our students land internships at community agencies such as:

  • People’s Emergency Center
  • Catholic Social Services
  • New York State Supreme Court
  • U.S. Pretrial Services
  • Philadelphia DA’s Office and Delaware County Probation Department
  • the Legal-Aid Society
  • Children’s Law Center
  • Zappos
  • Bloomingdales
  • and American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut

Learn more about internships.

The Nova Network is Villanova's official social and professional networking platform. By joining the Nova Network, you will be able to network with Villanovans in your industry or city, share career advice or gain insights from experienced professionals, and access career development resources designed for your level of experience.

There is a specific Nova Network group for Villanova Sociology and Criminology students and alumni.

Service-Learning connects course objectives with meeting the needs of people in underserved communities. Integration of theoretical knowledge and experiential learning in the community provides a context for critical and constructive thinking and action that promotes the common good.

Learn more about experiential learning opportunities for our students.

Our students conduct research under the mentorship and guidance of distinguished faculty and present their work at regional and national conferences. These experiential learning opportunities allow our students to hone their analytical and professional skills.

Learn more about undergraduate research in the department.



Graduate School

Some of our majors choose to continue their education in competitive masters and doctoral programs in sociology, criminology and related fields.

More information on graduate schools in sociology can be found at the American Sociological Association’s website.

More information on graduate schools in criminology can be found at the American Society of Criminology’s website.



Alumni News

Samantha DeCarlo ‘21 CLAS is in her second year of a master's program in music therapy in Germany. Over the summer, she had an internship working with patients in a forensic psychiatry clinic (i.e. patients are admitted due to being proven to have been mentally ill at the time of their crime). She utilized skills and experiences acquired from her BA in criminology along with those from her current musical therapy studies. "Since the patients here have longer stays than those at a general psychiatric clinic, progress is marked in the little steps and instances towards change," Sam says. "There is also a great emphasis on giving the patients a space where they can achieve something, as many of them have backgrounds where they may have learned they were not good enough or felt they could never succeed." Sam is excited about expanding her knowledge even more in her final year of the master's program. 

Madalyn Sullivan headshot
Sam DeCarlo headshot







Madalyn Sullivan ‘21 CLAS is an English Language Arts teacher on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She discusses why she chose this step prior to pursuing child advocacy or juvenile defense law, and how sociology influenced the decision as well as her thinking about life on the Reservation.



Alumni Newsletter

The Department of Sociology and Criminology produces a biennial alumni newsletter.

Department Chair:
Dr. Rick Eckstein
 SAC 204
Phone: 610-519-4772

Administrative Assistants:
Mary Ann Hostler
: (610) 519-4742

Shelly DuBois
: (610) 519-4786

Career Preparation