(COVINGTON, La.) Criminology, one of the newest classes at St. Paul’ School, was added to the curriculum this year to help build upon the school’s law studies program.
Contrary to popular thought, Criminology is not like “CSI.” As Criminology Teacher Emilie Allen said, “Criminology is the study of how crime affects society and how society affects crime.”
“(The administration) wanted to expand the legal department and give kids that want to go into law a larger and more steady platform,” said Allen, who was asked to teach the class because of her degree in Criminology.
“I was majoring in Psychology, and they talked a lot about Criminology and criminals themselves. I went home and thought about Criminology while watching ‘Criminal Minds’ and decided to change my major.”
Allen, who began teaching at St. Paul’s last year, did not try to get the class added to the curriculum last year because she did not think that enough students would want to take the class.
“I thought more people would be interested in something like Psychology,” Allen said.
Allen’s expectations for the class are for the students to become interested in the subject matter, to be more accepting of everyone, and to see the world differently. Twenty-two students are taking the class in this first year.
“I think it is going to be really fun and hope that it gives me a good foundation of the law,” said Criminology student Zach Nunez, SPS junior. “I think this is going to be a great year.”
Allen plans to continue teaching the class next year and hopes that through word of mouth, interest will build, and even more people will join the class. “Twenty-two is a lot for a first time class, though. I was really excited about that,” Allen said.
Allen holds dual degrees in English and Criminology. She now teaches subjects in both of those fields, as this is her second year teaching English II at SPS.