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At Curry, I've had the chance to do everything I've wanted to do. Anything that I was nervous about or afraid to try, Curry has made it so that I am now comfortable in doing so.


Tyler Collins '14
Major: Graphic Design




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Criminal Justice Curriculum

The criminal justice major provides the opportunity to systematically examine criminal justice systems and the administration of justice, as well as the causes and patterns of crime and criminal behavior and the ways in which criminal justice institutions have responded in trying to solve these social problems. Criminal justice courses emphasize practical problem solving and theoretical skills, which are useful to careers in criminal justice, legal studies and community and social service.

Core courses in the major are designed to expose students to the range and variation of crime and criminal behavior, the criminal justice systems and the administration of justice that attempt to control and mitigate social problems. Students will review: the major systems of social control, policies and practice; consider the social and personal consequences of crime and criminal behavior on victims; look at the issues of juvenile justice; corrections, including the history and practice of corrections and the range of institutions meant to treat offenders; understand the nature and causes of crime, crime typologies, offenders and victims; examine criminal law and procedure, understanding how the courts work and how legal decisions are made; examine the history, theory and practice of police organizations, including internal views that consider police subculture; issues of ethics in law enforcement and criminal justice; study deviance and social control; and be grounded in methods, both quantitative and qualitative, for conducting and analyzing criminal justice research and theory.

Elective courses in the major are designed to provide a detailed focus on some area of criminal justice and consider the broader theoretical issues of significant social problems, such as violence. Related requirements are courses found outside of the major in other liberal arts disciplines that have strong relevance for criminal justice.

Upon completion of this program, majors will have an understanding of the importance of an effective criminal justice system in a just society. Majors, and to a lesser extent minors, will be exposed to the primary components of criminal justice systems, both domestically in the Anglo-American legal tradition, and globally in other major legal traditions, with a focus on justice as a goal.

For the criminal justice course offerings, CJ 1000 provides a comprehensive descriptive overview at the introductory level, 2000- level courses provide an in-depth specialized study of a particular case, area, or social phenomenon and introduce theoretical perspectives, and 3000-level courses analyze case materials applying theory critically in specific cases and consider the consequences of various theories on social policy and strategies for social change.

CJ 1000 is required as a prerequisite for any 2000-level criminal justice course and any 2000-level criminal justice course is a prerequisite for any 3000-level criminal justice course. Any student who has grounds to request a waiver of this requirement may do so by contacting the criminal justice area coordinator for a decision. This request must be made prior to enrolling in the upper-level criminal justice course.

Grade Requirements for Criminal Justice Majors
Students who major in Criminal Justice must achieve a grade of C- or above in all core courses in the major. If a student receives a lower grade than a C-, that student will need to repeat the course.

Prerequisite:
CJ 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
and the Administration of Justice
3

Core Requirements:
CJ 2000 Criminology 3
CJ 2020 Criminal Law 3
CJ 2030 Criminal Procedure 3
CJ 2100 Corrections 3
CJ 2212 Policing 3
CJ/SOC 2350 Human Diversity in Criminal Justice 3
CJ/SOC 2600 Methods in Social Research 3
CJ 3300 Justice and Human Rights Advocacy 3
CJ 3900 Capstone Seminar: Criminal Justice 3

Criminal Justice Electives:
Six credits, one each at the 2000- and 3000-level 6
(May also be used to fill a concentration)

Requirements in Related Areas:
MATH 1150 Statistics I 3

Related requirements outside of the Criminal Justice Major
Two related requirements (six credits) outside the major. May also be used to fulfill a concentration.
Two related requirements (six credits) outside the major. May also be used to fulfill a concentration. The six credits must be from two different academic disciplines except SPAN 1030 & 1040.
AC 2010 Identity Theft
AFAM/P&H 2330 African-American History
BIOL/CHEM 2700 Introduction to Forensic Science
COM 2100 Managerial Communication
COM 2010 Public Speaking
COM 2020 Intercultural Communication
COM 2112 Conflict Management
COM 2130 Nonverbal Communication
COM 2180 Leadership Communication
COM 2230 Writing for Communication
COM 3040 Persuasion
ED 2455 Programming for Positive Youth Development
ED 2600 Children with Special Needs
ENG 2480 Writing for the Professions
IT 2215 Information Technology Security
MGT 2500 Human Resource Management
MGT 2511 Public Administration
MGT 2610 Crisis Mgmt. and Contingency Planning
MGT 3600 Capstone in Homeland Defense: Developing an Emergency Response Plan
P&H 2200 Political Tactics
P&H 2310 American Constitutional Law
P&H 2380 U.S. Immigration History
P&H 2390 American Constitutional Issues
P&H 2400 Politics of Deception
P&H 2500 State and Local Politics
P&H 3590 Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
PHIL/REL 2013 The Ethics of War and Peace
PHIL 3000 Social and Political Philosophy
PSY 2100 Adolescent Psychology
PSY/SOC/WGS 2115 Men, Self, and Society
PSY 2125 Substance Abuse Counseling
PSY 2200 Behavior Disorders in Children
PSY 2205 Dysfunctional Families
PSY 2310 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSY 2320 Psychology and the Law
PSY 2330 Drugs and Behavior
PSY 3130 Brain and Behavior
PSY 3200 Stress, Coping and Adaptation
PSY 3210 Stereotypes and Prejudice
PSY 3260 Psychology of Violence and Terror
REL 2210 Faith and Fanaticism
SOC 2200 Race and Ethnicity
SOC 2310 Introduction to Social Work
SOC/WGS 2410 Working with Individuals
SOC 2420 Working with Groups
SOC/WGS 2470 Sex, Gender & Sexuality
SOC/WGS 2760 Wealth, Poverty, and Social Class
SOC 3390 Crisis Intervention
SOC 3610 Communities
SPAN 1030 Spanish for Health, Criminal Justice, and Social Services I
SPAN 1040 Spanish for Health, Criminal Justice, and Social Services II
WGS 2000 Gendered Lives

 
Meet Kylerr Bucano '15

Kylerr Bucano has taken the idea of community involvement to another level during his time at Curry College.  From day one on campus, the criminal justice major from the Bronx, New York dove right into everything Curry has to offer.

Meet Jared Berman '17

A member of the class of 2017 and a double major in criminal justice and politics and history, Jared Berman is an extremely passionate and motivated individual, who as a high school student ran for school committee in his hometown of Weymouth, Massachusetts.  He narrowly lost the election, but was not swayed in his passion for involvement.

Meet Jordan Rogers '15

Jordan Rogers '15 knew he wanted to study criminal justice because many people in his family served as police officers or in other law enforcement roles.  After talking to professors that had experience in the field he knew studying criminal justice at Curry College would be the right decision for him.

Meet Professor Jen Balboni

"I tell my students at the beginning of each semester, 'In my class, I need you to bring your 'A' game...everyday.' We really do take it to another level," says Criminal Justice Professor Jen Balboni.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
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The goal of Curry College's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program is to help empower you to meet the challenges of law enforcement and community service in the 21st Century.

Lambda Alpha Honor Society

Lambda Alpha is the Curry College Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honors Society.

Criminal Justice/Sociology Faculty News
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Congratulations to members of the Curry criminal justice/sociology faculty for their on-going professional accomplishments!

 
 
 

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