Department of Sociology


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 and Courses

The Bachelor of Arts and minor program in criminology are interdisciplinary and strongly based in the liberal arts. They offer a broad array of courses from social and physical sciences, as well as humanities, in disciplines such as sociology, political science, philosophy, forensics, and linguistics. The program is designed to provide students with sound methodological and analytical 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 as well as leadership positions in the fields of law, criminal justice administration, policy development, and national security.

B.A. Major in Criminology

Minor in Criminology

Course Information

Criminology: Career Potential

Among 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates who majored in criminology, 84% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $43,000.

A degree in criminology prepares students for a variety of career paths, including:

  • Law and the Justice System
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Research and Policy Development and Evaluation
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Counseling and Victim Services
  • Forensics
  • Financial and Insurance Fraud Investigation
  • National Security
  • Private Investigation

Graduate Studies

Besides criminology, the program prepares students for graduate studies in many fields, including:

  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Criminal Justice Education
  • Social Work

Examples of places where our recent alumni are employed include:

  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Family Service Society
  • Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
  • Nassau County Department of Probation
  • NYC Teaching Fellow
  • Planned Parenthood of Nassau County
  • Scribe America, Inc.
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc.
  • U.S. Pretrial Services

Examples of institutions where our recent alumni are attending graduate school include:

  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Hofstra University
  • New York University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Miami
  • University of Southern California

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.


Internships within the Criminology Program involve working side by side with professionals in law, social work, and corrections and developing professional connections in those fields. Every semester, the Criminology Program offers credit-granting positions in the specialized courts of Nassau and Queens Counties, focusing on areas such as mental health and drug courts, family courts, the domestic violence and sex crimes prosecutorial units, and the Nassau County Department of Probation. The program also has connections with local nonprofit community organizations dealing with issues of community violence interruption, rehabilitation, immigration, and domestic violence. Students interning for these organizations learn valuable advocacy, counseling, mentoring, organizational, and presentation skills, which are crucial for working with issues of crime and justice in the nonprofit and social work sectors.

Contact Us

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