Crime and Justice – Albright College

Crime and Justice

Combine courses from Albright’s Political Science, Psychology and Sociology programs to gain broad knowledge of criminal deviance and societal responses to crime.

Students majoring in Crime and Justice at Albright College pursue a wide range of legal, political, administrative, psychological and sociological analysis. Graduates move into careers in the police and security fields (including FBI and secret service), the legal bar, the judiciary system, corrections and probation.

Albright also offers an undergraduate major in Crime & Justice for post-traditional adult students.

You will learn about:

  • Traditional and contemporary theoretical explanations of criminal behavior;
  • current patterns related to the incidence and prevalence of crime and victimization in contemporary society;
  • methodological and statistical techniques used to measure and analyze criminal deviance;
  • implications and ramifications of criminal deviance for society in general and for its individual members;
  • and gain an understanding of the broader political, legal and ethical contexts in which the criminal justice system operates.

Crime and Justice careers

This program prepares students for jobs and careers in any of the three major areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the course and corrections.

Job titles include lawyer, U.S. marshal, FBI agent, paralegal, and many more. Visit Albright’s Experiential Learning & Career Development Center to learn more about careers in Crime and Justice.


Suzanne Palmer
Associate Professor of Legal Studies in Business; Coordinator-Sustainable Business minor; Department of Business, Accounting & Economics


Irene Langran, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of General Education and Faculty Development; Professor of Political Science


Nathan Henceroth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science


Stefanie I. Kasparek, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science


Michael A. Armato, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Government, Public Service & Health, Associate Professor of Political Science, Pre-Law Advisor, Director of the Public Policy and Administration Program, Director of the Legal Studies Program


  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science requirement)
  • SOC 202 The Criminal Justice System
  • SOC 210 Research Methods
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning requirement)
    • May take PSY 200 Research Methods I and PSY 201 Research Methods II in place of SOC 210 and 211
  • SOC 213 Social Theory
  • SOC 251 Crime and Deviance
  • Any two of the following:
    – SOC 253 Criminal Investigation and SOC 254 Advanced Criminal Investigation (must take both courses)
    – ANT 310 Crime, Culture and Conflict Resolution
    – SOC 302 Juvenile Delinquency
    – SOC 305 Terrorism
    – SOC 307 Organized Crime
    – SOC 309 Criminal Corrections
    – SOC 311 Domestic Violence
    – SOC 360 Crime & the Media
    – SOC 385 Violence & Victims
  • One of the following:
    – SOC 440 Ethnographics in Crime
    – SOC 450 White Collar Crime
    – SOC 460 Serial Murder
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar
  • POL 101 American Government
  • POL 400-level Senior Seminar in Political Science
  • Two of the following:
    – POL 214 Public Policy
    – POL 216 Law & Society
    – POL 218 Public Administration
    – POL 231/331 Criminal Law
    – POL 310 Metropolitan Politics
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • Two of the following:
    – PSY 206 Social Psychology
    – PSY 220 Theories/Treatment of Addictive Behaviors
    – PSY 230 Human Development
    – PSY 240 Child Development
    – PSY 250 Theories of Personality
    – PSY 355 Motivation
    – PSY 390 Adult Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders
    – PSY 391 Child Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders
  • POL 205 Comparative Politics or PSY 291 Cross Cultural Psychology of SOC262 Social Stratification