2021-2022 Catalog


Criminology studies the etiology, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and criminal behavior. Traditionally the field of Criminology has been closely aligned with the discipline of sociology, and focused on the social origins of crime and criminal behavior, as well as societal reactions towards it. The Criminology program at Holy Names University is interdisciplinary in nature. The major consists of courses dealing specifically with the subjects of crime and criminal justice, as well as a combination of sociology and psychology coursework. Coursework is designed to give the students a broad overview of the criminal justice system and an array of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of crime and constructive interventions to criminal behavior. Within the major students may pursue a forensic psychology concentration, which provides a greater emphasis on psychology coursework, or a sociology concentration, which substitutes more sociology coursework. The degree prepares students for work in the specific areas of law enforcement or probation, juvenile justice, the courts, corrections, or victim services. The program’s research focus provides a foundation for leadership and analytic positions, as well as graduate work in sociology, forensic and counseling psychology, social work, and law. In adherence to the mission of HNU, the overall program is concerned with promoting social justice and the common good for those working within the criminal justice system.

Alliant International University and HNU

Alliant International University’s MS in Applied Criminology program agreed to accept for admission any graduate from Holy Names Criminology, Sociology or Psychology programs who has earned a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Any student who wishes to gain acceptance to the MS Program under this agreement must submit only the student information section of the CSFS Admissions Application and their official transcripts; the application fee and all other application materials will be waived. Students may apply, be accepted and enroll in the MS Program two full academic years after the student’s Holy Names Bachelor’s degree has been conferred.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use criminological, sociological, psychological theories to analyze and understand crime and criminal behavior.
  • Describe the social-historical context of crime and criminal behavior, including its legal, social and economic dimensions within the United States and internationally.
  • Describe the goals, application and legal processes of the agencies comprising the criminal justice system and criminal law.
  • Explain the relationship between social justice and criminal justice.
  • Apply social scientific research methods to the study of crime and criminal behavior.
  • Critically analyze policy responses to crime and criminological research.
  • Apply criminological knowledge and skills in the community, public service, and/or advanced study.
  • Utilize technology in the study of crime and criminal behavior.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing.

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See Psychology and Sociology for additional course listings.