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Dr. William Elenchin
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Are you interested in finding an exciting career that allows you to help people better live their lives? Do you like interacting with others on a daily basis? When you think of a possible career, do you see yourself not sitting all day at a desk when you go to work? Simply put, are you a people person? If so a degree program in either Sociology or Criminology may be a good fit for you.
Sociology is the scientific study of individuals, groups, and society. As this definition suggests, there are a wide variety of topics covered within this discipline. Some of these include family interactions, poverty, health care systems, human resources, and international relations.
Students within our program are able to tailor their studies to focus on areas that are of particular interest to them personally and professionally. Upon graduation with a Sociology degree our graduates have gone on to pursue various employment opportunities, to include social work, human resource representatives, public relations, and as educators. Still others have gone on for additional education, earning their Master of Social Work (MSW) and Juris Doctor (JS) degrees.
Additional information regarding St. Bonaventure University’s Sociology Program may be found at www.sbu.edu/sociology.
Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior. The study of crime is inherently fascinating, which is why Criminology regularly ranks within the top 10 most popular majors. The problem of crime is universal to the human condition. There is no country, state, or town that is immune from this problem.
The study of crime is also very complex. While television and movies often depict criminal events in simplistic “good guy vs. bad guy” portrayals, the reality is quite different. Understanding criminality must take into account social, emotional, situational, financial, structural, personal, and interpersonal factors that typically coincide when law breaking occurs. This more in-depth understanding of why crime occurs is critically important at both an individual and societal level, as it allows for more effective proactive interventions to minimize the human and economic damage that is the natural result of crime.
Students within our program have a wide range of career interests. Some are drawn to the more traditional careers found at local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Others are interested in the more contemporary careers paths that have emerged in corporate security and investigations, such as with financial and informational businesses. Still other students will go on to work in more specialized areas, such as the forensics, military, or cybersecurity fields.
Additional information regarding St. Bonaventure University Criminology Program may be found at www.sbu.edu/criminology.
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