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Sociology and Criminal Justice
Pursue careers in social service, social work, law enforcement, parole, probation, and non-profit organizational service and management.
Johnathan Fleming spent more than 20 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. Rob Rahn '76, a St. Francis graduate, helped free him. Both came to St. Francis College to tell students about the experience.
Sociology and Criminal Justice come to life every day at the College. You'll meet the people who work in these fields; people who are making a difference in people's lives.
Our goal is for students to enter the workforce prepared to solve social problems such as addressing homelessness, helping crime victims find needed services, prosecuting criminals, defending clients in a court of law, fighting injustices, and creating meaningful public policy. Graduates from our program are prepared to attend law school as well as pursue graduate work in sociology, criminal justice, criminology, and psychology.Graduates from our program are prepared to attend law school as well as pursue graduate work in sociology, criminal justice, criminology, and psychology.
Our faculty members conduct research in a range of areas within the disciplines of sociology and criminology including crime and popular culture, wrongful convictions, post-prison education, crime and media, and public school education in New York City. Their works have been published in their field and they frequently appear as experts on various media.
Students can work as research assistants and gain valuable for-credit internships at social service and criminal justice agencies, including:
- Victim service organizations,
- Non-profit criminal justice and social service think tanks,
- Senior centers,
- Child care centers,
- NYC Department of Buildings
- Federal and state probation and parole agencies,
- State and federal policing agencies,
- District Attorneys and law offices.
- Wrongful Convictions
- Prisons and Prisoners in America
- Problems of Urban Law Enforcement
- Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice
- Cultural Criminology
- Crime, Justice, and American Fiction
- Sex Crimes and American Justice
- Post-War Social Movements
The mission of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is to provide our students with the knowledge, confidence and motivation to think deeply about social issues in modern society. We seek to instill an intellectual curiosity in our students for lifelong learning and an appreciation for objectivity, application of the scientific method, and critical thinking. We intend for our students to become tolerant and open-minded individuals who are prepared intellectually and substantively for the modern workforce as well as further graduate and professional study. Our students will leave the department ready to purse constructive careers in the social services of criminal justice, social work and sociology.
In a deeply personal address with anecdotes about his family and an exploration of the mission of college education in the modern day, St. Francis College President Miguel Martinez-Saenz laid out an ambitious plan setting the College on a path of growth and transformation.
Saying that the people most afraid of crime are those least likely to become victims, Professor Murray Lee, of the University of Sydney Law School tried to explain this paradox, why we fear crime and how that affects are daily routines.
The story of this escalating tax fight between Brooklyn and the government will be told by author Sarah Lohman in the first lecture of the Spring 2018 Senior Citizen Lecture Series, "From New Nation to World Power: Culture, Politics, and Society in the United States, 1789-1896."
The Class of 2018 is honored at Winter Commencement.
The words of poet Maya Angelou were the first ones uttered by President Miguel Martinez-Saenz to a standing room only crowd of prospective students and their parents at the St. Francis College Open House in October. They knew, right away, this new president was energized with new ways to engage and educate the entire college community.
Now a few months into his tenure as the 19th President in its 160 year history, St. Francis College is proud to announce a series of events celebrating the inauguration of President Miguel Martinez-Saenz.
The Sociology & Criminal Justice Department houses three centers:
- Center for Crime and Popular Culture
- Post Prison College Opportunities Program @ St. Francis College
- Institute for Peace and Justice
These centers offer students the opportunity to hear lectures by experts in the fields of criminal justice and sociology including personal testimonies by those who have been wrongfully convicted such as Fernando Bermudez, film screenings featuring Q&A’s with directors/actors/producers such as the Compliance screening, book authors that discuss their recent research, world-renowned professionals working in criminal justice and security such as Gavin de Becker, and activists such as Jennifer Baumgardner who are dedicated to fighting for social justice. We also have frequent guest speakers, events, film screenings, and seminars.
- Students will develop and apply the “sociological imagination” to the study of the social world.
- Students will utilize qualitative and quantitative sociological methods in the pursuit of social research.
- Student will gain familiarity with social theory and the history of sociological thought.
- Students will be able to apply social theory and sociological concepts to the study of social problems.
- Students will be able to critique how race, ethnicity, sex, and gender relate to life chances in diverse societies.
- Students will develop and master the ability to understand and apply major sociological concepts and theories to complex contemporary social phenomena.
- Students will develop and master the ability to access, comprehend and synthesize sociological scholarship in order to assess others' work and for use in their own work.
- Students will understand key components of criminal justice system in the United States.
- Students will critically analyze key criminological theories.
- Students will contrast qualitative and quantitative methods as they are used in criminal justice research.
- Students will explain the role of race, ethnicity, and class in criminal justice outcomes.