Criminology is an exciting, multidisciplinary field that studies the causes and consequences of crime as well as the procedures and policies that govern the institutions designed to address it. Hofstra’s Criminology Program offers an undergraduate major and minor, and it is designed to provide students with a broad-based liberal arts education that draws from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, forensic science, linguistics, philosophy, political science and psychology.

The Criminology Program’s objective is to provide students with sound methodological and analytic skills, leading to critical understanding of criminal behavior and the operation of the criminal justice system. The goal of the program is to prepare students for further studies and decision-making and leadership positions in the fields of law, criminal justice administration, policy development and national security.

Students with criminology degree will be able to work in governmental criminal justice agencies, non-profit foundations, and community organizations that deal with various issues in criminal justice, such as rehabilitation, uniformity in sentencing, prison over-crowding, recidivism, gun control, community policing, treatment of drug offenders, and human rights violations, among others.

Many students who major in criminology decide to double major or minor in sociology.

Programs in Criminology
Courses in Criminology

205 Davison Hall
Department Phone Number: (516) 463-5640 
Office Hours:
 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Liena Gurevich
205E Davidson
Department of Sociology
Phone: (516) 463-5591

Cathy Jenkins
205 Davison
Phone: (516) 463-5640


To our students:

We, the faculty of Criminology and Sociology, want you to know that we are dedicated to the principles of racial equality and social justice.

Over the years, we have witnessed the growing militarization of the police in the United States. Hofstra’s Criminology Program, housed in the Department of Sociology, is committed to not only studying and teaching about this trend, but also to dismantling the structural tools that have supported our society’s continued descent into fascist state control. The marriage of white supremacy, white nationalism, and hyper-policing have crafted a system that not only predetermines racialized people as a threat, but has also put into place a system of impunity for those who enact disproportionate violence on our nonwhite neighbors. We see this with the brutal killing of George Floyd by asphyxiation; the gunning down of Breonna Taylor in her own home; and the failure to de-escalate the transphobic hostilities that ultimately led to the fatal, state-sanctioned shooting of Tony McDade. 

We see this militarization today, with the police violence that has erupted in response to largely peaceful protests nationwide. 

We are deeply concerned that our country meets peaceful marchers with armored vehicles and tanks; that meets the tears of grief-stricken citizens with tear gas; that silences free speech with curfews, threats and deflection. 

We mourn the loss of the 1,000+ people who are killed by police in any given year in this country – a number far greater than any other country with no official war on its soil. Importantly and quite especially, we mourn the loss of Black Americans who disproportionately perish while unarmed and nonviolent. 

The Criminology program was founded as a critical program, devoted to the identification and analysis of systemic injustices. We proclaim that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with Black communities worldwide, including those within the Hofstra community. We stand in solidarity with the growingly multiracial coalition of protesters throughout the country. 

We must do more, much more, to fight racism that is endemic to every institution of our country. Out of this crucible we must all become better by listening, learning, empathizing, reaching out to others and resisting systemic injustice. 

The Criminology and Sociology programs are determined to fight racism and inequality. We are determined to increase accountability. That begins at home; therefore, we welcome your comments, ideas and desires for our growing program.  

In solidarity,
The Criminology and Sociology Faculty.