What is justice? What is law? What is crime? You'll explore these challenging questions as a crime and justice studies major, in an innovative program that considers theoretical concepts and their practical application.
Our faculty members take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on resources across the university and within our communities. They'll help you apply theory to real-life situations and develop the professional skills you'll need to uphold justice and improve society.
As part of your studies at UMass Dartmouth, you'll learn about the criminal justice system's policies and procedures and analyze the nature of structural, institutional, and state violence. You'll consider the causes and effects of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, classism, etc.
Crime and justice studies provides a strong foundation for many careers—from the justice system to community action, education, government, law, public administration, social work, and urban planning.
Jenyka Gassnola '17
Jenyka Gassnola, a Crime and Justice Studies major, shares her success and internship experience in Washington, D.C.
- Bristol County District Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Advocate
- Bristol County Juvenile Court Probation Department
- Coalition for Social Justice
- Public Defenders Office of Fall River
- Wareham Police Department
- Scannell Lynn, PC, Attorneys at Law Michael Lynn, Esq.
- Acushnet Company
- Dynamic Solutions
- U.S Marine Corps
- Newton Auxiliary Police
- Securitas Inc.
- UMass Boston
- Suffolk University
- Ohio State University
- American International College
There are many opportunities to develop your analytical skills, make professional contacts, build your resume, and gain confidence in your leadership abilities.
- Internships in agencies and community settings
- Community engagement projects
- Field research on issues that matter to you
- Independent study on special topics
- Networking with professionals in the field
- Inside-Out Prison Exchange: take a course alongside incarcerated students