Criminal Justice

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Provides a broad education in the administration, operations and objectives of the criminal justice system and its component parts: police, courts, and corrections.
Curriculum documents

To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

This is just one way you might complete the Criminal Justice program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Criminal Justice program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
CRJ 101
CRJ 103
ENG Comp. I
PSY 101
Humanities elective
CRJ 105
CRJ 121
ENG Comp. II
SOC 101
Humanities elective
CRJ 109
POL 101
SOC 201
PCS 101, 131 or 141
CRJ elective
CRJ 107
CRJ elective
Humanities elective
Open elective
Open elective
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
CRJ 101
CRJ 103
ENG Comp. I
PSY 101
ENG Comp. II
CRJ 105
CRJ 121
Humanities elective
CRJ 109
SOC 101
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
POL 101
SOC 201
Humanities elective
CRJ 107
PCS 101, 131, or 141
CRJ elective
Humanities elective
Open elective
CRJ elective
Open elective

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:

What’s next

Transfer into a Baccalaureate program or enter into any of several careers within the criminal justice system, including police work, correctional work, the law, or social work. (Transfer within Massachusetts may require additional general education course work.)

The Criminal Justice program has associated certificates that can “stack” into the degree. Depending on course selection, if you’re enrolled in this program you can earn one of the following certificates halfway through completing your degree:

These programs are a great way to increase your earning power and job potential with a marketable career certificate while you’re still working toward your degree. Work closely with your advisor to make sure you choose the right classes!

Learn more about our degree and certificate and pathways »