This week, Curry College’s Business and Criminal Justice programs partnered to add a new five-course minor in White-Collar Crime offering business, accounting, and criminal justice students a direct career path to one of the fastest-growing job sectors today.
The only one of its kind in New England, the new program spans financial transactions and fraud schemes to fraud examination investigations and the legal elements of white-collar crime. Incorporating topics such as public corruption, money laundering, corporate fraud, embezzlement, and more, the new minor will prepare students for jobs that continue to grow in demand, including potential roles as investigators, fraud examiners, forensic science technicians, police officers, and detectives.
The new minor is led by one of Curry’s newest faculty members, Dr. Jeffrey Carson, assistant professor of criminal justice. With intelligence and research roles with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense in his background, Dr. Carson has seen firsthand that more criminal justice professionals are needed to help address complex and sophisticated white-collar crimes such as fraud, money laundering, and identity theft. Corporate fraud is one of the FBI’s highest criminal priorities, and private sector companies, including insurance and healthcare, lose billions of dollars each year in fraud cases.
“Most institutions provide a cookie-cutter curriculum, and as a result, we do not have enough business or criminal justice programs that are producing knowledgeable graduates in the field of white-collar crime,” says Dr. Carson. “It is a niche division in the industry, and even the professionals with backgrounds in criminal justice, accounting, or law have to learn as they go on the job. With our new curriculum in White-Collar Crime, we can bring our students directly to the doorstep of a job.”
The new White-Collar Crime minor is designed to help fill the industry gap and make Curry students more competitive in the market. As part of the new program, students can earn a certificate in fraud investigations and minor in white-collar crime before graduating. They will also be well-positioned to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner test led by the Association of Certified Fraud Examination (ACFE). Moreover, the new program is also establishing internship opportunities by partnering with notable corporate leaders, including banks, insurance firms, casinos, and private equity firms such as Citizens Bank, DraftKings, and Trip Advisor.
“The new White-Collar Crime minor is an exciting opportunity for our accounting and finance students to expand their knowledge within the field of forensic accounting,” says Elizabeth Delano, associate professor of accounting. “The new minor will also prepare accountants with the opportunity to sit for an additional certification on top of the CPA exam. An accounting major graduating with a White-Collar Crime minor will open up more job opportunities for our students and make our students more marketable as they enter the job market.”