Criminal Justice is a multi-disciplinary academic program that educates students to be critical thinkers while imparting a comprehensive understanding of the operation and impact of the criminal justice field. The Criminal Justice degree embraces the broad scope of the criminal justice discipline. Core courses in the major allow students to study the criminal justice process; causes of crime and its impact; law enforcement systems; legal adjudication procedures and systems; the history and contemporary use of technology in criminal justice systems; and the correctional field. The program follows the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Standards for Criminal Justice Education and meets the standards of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
To broaden career opportunities, many students majoring in Criminal Justice elect to complete course work leading to a minor in Security Studies. The Security Studies minor can provide students with an interdisciplinary background to understanding domestic and international threats to homeland security and risk management. For more information, please refer to refer to the “Minor Programs of Study” section. In addition, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers a Master of Science degree in Homeland Security for students interested in pursuing a more advanced degree in this field. Students may opt to complete the bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.
Internships in criminal justice and security studies are geared for the practical application of the academic experience. Internships are utilized to provide the student with hands-on experience and practical knowledge within the criminal justice system and/or homeland security. The combination of coursework and internships provides the student with a superior education necessary for success as a member of the criminal justice system and homeland security.
Examples of internships include:
FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Marshals Service
District Attorneys’ offices
Crime Victims Advocates offices
Municipal police departments
Boston Police Department Intelligence Center
State Police Training Academy
ATF - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Department of Social Services
Massachusetts State Police Arson and Bomb Squad
Department of Youth Services
Law officesTSA - Transportation Safety Adminsitration