Program Overview

Are you committed to the search for truth and social justice? Passionate about making the world a safer place? As a student of criminology at Spring Hill College, you’ll examine the nature of crime, the behavior of criminals, as well as the effectiveness and failings of the current criminal-justice system.

With crime frequently in the news and always an important issue, a degree in Criminology has never been more relevant. At Spring Hill College, students not only examine why people commit crimes and how offenders should be punished–they also look at fundamental questions–how crime is defined, how criminal laws are created, and the ways different cultures view crime and justice.


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Program Goals

Students who complete the criminology program at SHC gain:

  • The benefits of a general sociology background;
  • An ability to analyze societal responses to crime, criminal behavior, and methods of social control;
  • An understanding of the consequences of crime, laws, and criminal behavior; and
  • An understanding of the origins of crime, laws, and social control.

Career Outlook

Criminologists may work as college professors or as advisors to state legislatures or Congress. They help form public policy as it relates to the prevention of crime. They often work closely with police departments to help them better serve their communities.


“The courses are interesting, fun, and I really learn something new each time I step foot in the classes. Dr. Dorton and Dr. Bordas are amazing teachers who go through each step with us and make the class electrifying.”  — Antonio Brito


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  • Harold Dorton

    Division Chair of Social Sciences, Department Chair of Sociology

  • Paige Vaughn

    Assistant Professor

Why SHC?

  • At Spring Hill College, we’re making our mark – With our small class sizes and affordable tuition, Spring Hill College is uniquely qualified to provide a high quality education to our students. Our Jesuit, Catholic college education is renowned as a well-rounded higher education approach, with an emphasis on empowering students with a passion for knowledge and personal growth. With our recent cut in tuition, Spring Hill College is one of the most affordable private colleges in the country.
  • We’re curious and inspired – Forbes Magazine has ranked Spring Hill College as one of the top ten best colleges for return on investment (ROI). In our class of 2021, 92% of graduates attained placement six months after graduation through employment, graduate/professional school, internship or service.
  • We’re doers – Our students contribute 24,000 hours on average to the local community through the Foley Center each year. 100% of the 2020 graduates that applied to medical school were accepted. Spring Hill College has a 100% certification rate and a 92% placement rate with our Education program over the last five years.

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