Criminal Justice Program Overview
Criminal Justice majors find themselves ready to start careers in fields like law enforcement and corrections upon graduation. Moreover, the key critical thinking, analytical, and research skills emphasized throughout the program also ensure that students are well-prepared for further study in criminal justice or related areas such as psychology, sociology, public policy, and law.
CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 151 Criminal Law
CJ 200 Criminology
CJ 205 The American Court System
CJ 210 Police Process
CJ 215 Corrections
CJ 230 Technology Applications in Criminal Justice
CJ 240 Research Methods
PSY 100 General Psychology
PSY 241 Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Three Criminal Justice electives
Upon completion of the Criminal Justice program, the graduate will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the operation and impact of the criminal justice system in the U.S. society.
- Examine, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the interaction of the criminal justice system and other social institutions and systems.
- Apply learned skills necessary for conducting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative empirical studies.
- Integrate theory and practice in a way that is relevant to a student's academic and career interests through a senior thesis experience.
- Engage in applied learning through fieldwork and internship experiences.
- Be prepared for a range of professional positions as well as graduate study in a variety of fields.
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Examples of Recent Criminal Justice Major Internships:
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
Mass. State Police Arson and Bomb Squad
Lynn District Court
Essex County Juvenile Court
Suffolk County Sheriff 's Department,
Essex District Attorney's Office
National Marine Fisheries Service Law Enforcement
US Postal Inspection Service
Lowell Police Department
Massachusetts Environmental Police,
U.S. Attorney Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force
Download Criminal Justice career sheet for more options and information.
Combining an investigation into the social and psychological factors that give rise to criminal behavior with an examination of the systems designed to deter and correct it, the Criminal Justice program provides students with a complex understanding of the administration of justice. Students study the impact of crime on individuals and communities as well as the ways in which different components of the justice system - police, courts, correctional facilities, and community organizations - interact to prevent it. All Criminal Justice majors take courses in law, criminology, the American court system, and correctional approaches, but the variety of elective courses offered within the major allows students to focus on the areas that interest them most - f rom the practical, such as victims' rights and current public policies, to the philosophical, such as theoretical perspectives on race and social issues.
For more information, please contact:
Alefiya Albers, Ph.D.
Chair of Social Sciences