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Criminology C

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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.

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.

Where We Work

  • Investigator
  • Researcher
  • Crime Analyst
  • Probation Officer
  • Victim Advocate
  • Law Enforcement
  • Professor
  • Consultant
  • Corrections Officer

Fast Facts

  • Number of Faculty: 2
  • Popular second majors: Psychology, Business
  • Clubs: Sociology Club


Antonio Brito '16

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 makes the class electrifying.

— Antonio Brito '16

Dr. Harold Dorton

Criminology is best seen as a social science--not to be confused with the science of criminal detection or forensic science. 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.

— Dr. Harold Dorton

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