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Major in Crime & Justice Studies BA

Crime and Justice Studies

The Crime & Justice Studies program brings together the fields of criminology, criminal justice, and justice studies. Bridging the social sciences and the humanities, the program specializes in the study of the criminal justice system's history, policies, politics, and procedures.

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Our multidisciplinary program meets the needs of students interested in fields such as law enforcement, the courts, corrections, probation, parole, social services, and youth services.

All students are required to complete an internship in their senior year, to explore career options, gain real-world experience, develop professional skills.

Students pursuing the BA in Crime & Justice Studies:

  • develop comprehensive perspectives on the various, and at times conflicting, expectations that exist within the institutions and agencies that comprise and work with the criminal justice system
  • engage in dialogues within the classroom about the various aspects of crime and justice fields, before they enter the workforce
  • learn to analyze the nature of structural, institutional, and transnational violence
  • gain knowledge and skills toward understanding and transforming unjust conditions
  • prepare themselves to contribute to the improvement of their communities and society

Our graduates have careers in law enforcement, courts, corrections, public administration, social services, youth services, non-profits agencies, and community organizations. They have also succeeded in law school and in master’s and doctoral programs.

Jenyka Gassnola '17

Jenyka Gassnola, a Crime and Justice Studies major, shares her success and internship experience in Washington, D.C. 

Internship placements

  • 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. 

Career placements

  • Acushnet Company
  • Dynamic Solutions
  • EMC
  • U.S Marine Corps
  • Newton Auxiliary Police
  • Securitas Inc.

Graduate schools

  • UMass Boston
  • Suffolk University
  • Ohio State University
  • American International College

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
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

The crime and justice studies program is an excellent preparation for graduate school in a variety of disciplines, such as law and policy studies:

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Rebecca Leverett

Administrative Assistant I
Crime & Justice Studies
Liberal Arts 399G


Viviane Saleh-Hanna

Professor / Chairperson
Crime & Justice Studies
Liberal Arts 399E