What will I learn?

Criminology is the scientific study of crime from social, behavioral, and other perspectives. As criminology major, you will learn about the nature and extent of crime, the causes of criminal offending, the consequences of crime, and the response to crimes, criminals, and criminal events - all taught with an interdisciplinary approach that draws on several other relevant professional disciplines at Le Moyne. In addition to technical, theoretical, and practical knowledge, the major will prepare you to approach crime and justice issues using skills that are consistent with the College's Jesuit, liberal arts foundation, which emphasizes critical thinking, life-long learning, ethics, and strong communication skills. Beyond the classroom, students will have numerous experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and faculty-mentored research that prepare them to transition into careers. In a field that is expected to have faster-than-average job growth for the foreseeable future, criminology majors have a wide range of career options, including law enforcement, the legal and court systems, social services, corrections, cyber security, and many others.

Program Highlights

The criminology program is interdisciplinary, drawing on relevant professional disciplines. We:

  • create life-long learners who understand how the knowledge gained in the classroom applies in the “real world”
  • help students to understand and conduct basic and applied research
  • build a theoretical understanding on the causes of crime so students may gain insight while considering implications on policy and practice
  • encourage students to become leaders by "doing" (taking action on and off campus to raise awareness about critical social issues, working in collaboration with community partners to provide various services, developing informed strategies and responses to address pressing crime problems, etc.)
  • provide experiential learning opportunities, including internships that prepare students to transition into careers


Students who pursue criminology commonly gain employment in areas such as policing, courts, corrections, and victim- as well as offender-oriented services. They may also work with research, data analysis, and policy. Our graduates are working in the field as:

  • Law enforcement
  • Parole/probation officers
  • Paralegals and attorneys
  • Behavioral specialists
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Youth service case managers
  • Victim advocates
  • Crime analysts

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$33,560.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1419 Salt Springs Road,


New York,

13214, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the completion of High School. Other English Language Requirements: A TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based).

For international students

Applicants will typically be expected to have achieved at least an 80-percent average in academic subjects and to rank in the upper half of their class. The student must graduate from an accredited high school and normally should complete a minimum of 16 academic units in the following distribution: English – 4; Foreign Language – 3; Mathematics - 3-4; Natural Science - 3-4; Social Studies - 3-4.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants are expected to achieve

  • A score of 550 or higher on the paper version,
  • 213 on the computer version, or
  • 79 or higher on the Internet version
  • An IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required
  • A score of 600 on the verbal portion of the SAT or its equivalent exempts applicants from the TOEFL requirement.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.