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Vermont State University’s Criminology Concentration in our Sociology program focuses on the scientific study of crime, its causes, and the ways in which society responds to it. By combining Sociology and Criminology, you will gain a deep understanding of the factors that contribute to criminal behavior and the impact it has on individuals and communities.  

In today's rapidly changing world, understanding the complexities of society and the factors that contribute to crime is more important than ever. In the Criminology Concentration, you can gain valuable insights into these issues and develop the skills needed to make a positive impact on your community and the world at large.

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Why Study Criminology at Vermont State

  • Diverse Career Options: Graduates of the Sociology with a concentration in Criminology have gone on to successful and meaningful careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, and education. Many graduates have also pursued advanced degrees as attorneys, criminologists, and sociologists. degrees.   
  • Original Research: You’ll conduct your own research project on a sociological issue related to criminology. Learning the methods of sociological research design, data collection, and data interpretation through an actual research project will set you up for success in the workforce or graduate school. 
  • Expert Faculty: Your professors will include experts in a wide range of subjects, including law, the criminal justice system, restorative justice, law enforcement, and corrections.  

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Sample Courses

  • Deviant Behavior 
  • Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender 
  • Crime Victims 
  • Law and Society 

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“The most valuable things I learned from my internship with the Vermont State Police are that you can go anywhere in life you want to, and every call is different. In the law enforcement world, there needs to be a high level of professionalism. A call might not go the way you want it to. You may be frustrated, but the next call is a whole new situation. Those individuals needing help deserve the same attention and focus as everyone else.”

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