Mount junior Tianna Hill already knows how she wants to use her degree in Criminology: “I want to be the first African American woman to be Police Commissioner of New York City.”
She’ll be prepared for the job thanks to the Mount’s newest major of Criminology.
Criminology at the Mount explores the study and exploration of the varied aspects of crime including the process of defining crime; victimization and the response of the criminal justice system to that victimization; the response of society to crime, criminals, and victims; and exploring the various reasons as to why people commit crime. It’s a unique program in that it focuses not just on the legal aspect of crime, but also the sociology side – the psychological impacts on both victims and criminals, society’s view of crime throughout history, and the larger reasons why people commit crimes in the first place. Continue Reading
Every other week, the My First Year blog will be sharing stories of faculty so that our freshman students can get to know their professors a bit better and hear some of their advice for new students.
Kate Burmon, Assistant Professor of Criminology
My name is Kate Melody Burmon and this fall marks the beginning of my second year of teaching criminology at Mount Saint Mary College. At the time, if I had been asked what my college years were like, I would have answered that they were hands down the best years of my life. While I’m not that far removed from those days, so many of my life experiences have shaped who I am today that I hesitate to use superlatives. However, I can say that I loved college and that it created opportunities in my social life, academic pursuits, employment, and personal development that I never could have anticipated and served as a foundation for everything that has come since. We use the terms traditional student to denote students who are starting their college career within a year or so of graduating high school, but the reality is that every student is non-traditional in the sense that we each arrive on campus – wherever that campus may be – prepared in some ways and vastly overwhelmed in others. Continue Reading
Criminology professor Jenifer Lee-Gonyea
One of the Mount’s newest majors, Criminology, is really taking off at the Mount. Unlike simply criminal justice, the Mount’s Criminology major views crime from a variety of angles, including victimization, society’s perception of criminals and victims, and why people commit crime in the first place, infusing a sense of purpose and heart into the studies. Today, we caught up with senior Criminology major Alex Nova to tell us more about what it’s like to study Criminology at the Mount: Continue Reading