Criminology – Albright College


How do you truly understand the criminal mind? By observing mock crime scenes, engaging in crime scene assessment, and learning to collect, analysis and preserve evidence in Albright’s on-campus crime lab.

Go deeper at Albright College, by studying the causes and social reactions to crime, within the context of other social issues such as family dysfunction, cultural conflict, poverty and education.

And go beyond the classroom with hands-on experience in juvenile probation, justice administration, adult parole/probation, corrections or victimization. Take on a federal law enforcement internship or stay closer to home in state or local police departments, courts or attorney offices, victim service agencies or homes for at-risk youth.

While many graduates find employment with an Albright bachelor’s degree, many others seek to gain additional specialization by earning a graduate degree in criminology or another related field such as criminal justice, psychology, law, social work, public administration or urban studies.

In addition to working for various law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level, criminologists find employment with nonprofits, activist groups, social service agencies, research positions and other government institutions.

Albright graduates have gone on to careers in law, government, business and industry. Recent graduates are employed as administrators, intelligence analysts, case managers, criminal investigators, research scholars, parole officers, detectives, counselors and wardens.


Charles Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology


Maria Escobar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology


Kyle Hosking, M.S.
Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology-Criminal Justice


Carla Abodalo, MS
Senior Instructor of Sociology


Brian Jennings, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology


Kennon Rice, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Urban Affairs program


Barton Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology


Adrienne Lodge, M.S., C.F.E., C.A.M.S.
Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology-Criminal Justice

There are numerous rigorous academic requirements for a degree in criminology because the degree trains students to evaluate and assess very complex phenomena and make assessments with incomplete information. Students must develop skills in analysis, organization, research design and interpretation, abstract thinking, technology/computers, oral/written communication, statistics and the interpersonal skills that facilitate teamwork, multicultural sensitivity and understanding.

  • 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • 210 Research Methods
  • 211 Statistics
  • 213 Social Theory
  • 490 Senior Seminar
  • 251 Crime & Deviance
  • 202 The Criminal Justice System
  • 382/482 Internship, travel abroad course, or a 300-level or above approved substitution
  • Two of the following:
    • ANT101 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
    • 201 Social Problems
    • 230 Cultural Sociology
    • 231 Cults & New Religious Movements
    • 262 Social Stratification.
  • Four of the following:
    • 253 Criminal Investigation and SOC 254 Advanced Criminal Investigation (must take both courses to satisfy one of the requirements from this list)
    • 302 Juvenile Delinquency
    • 305 Terrorism
    • SOC/LAS 307 Organized Crime
    • 309 Crim. Corrections
    • ANT 310 Crime, Culture, Conflict Resolution
    • 311 Domestic Violence
    • 360 Crime and the Media
    • 385 Violence & Victims
  • One of the following:
    • 440 Ethnographies in Crime and Deviance
    • 450 White-Collar Crime
    • 460 Serial Murder

Study abroad courses are also encouraged as electives.