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Massachusetts Department of Higher Education logoQuinn Bill Certified: Curry College Criminal Justice programs are Police Career Incentive Pay Program (PCIPP) certified by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. The PCIPP Program, also known as the Quinn Bill, was enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature to encourage police officers to earn degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice. It provides educational incentives for regular full-time officers in participating cities and towns through salary increases.

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Do you love the law? Want to make a difference by standing up for those who need a voice? Interested in researching the reasons behind criminal behavior? Want to pursue a fulfilling career as part of the solution? Then a criminal justice major may be for you.

At Curry College, we focus on justice, human rights, diversity, and so much more. With a Criminal Justice degree, our graduates are prepared to tackle issues facing their community with a perspective like no other.

From ethics in the justice system to criminal behavior and social control, students will take courses that will develop their ability to analyze different situations and set them up for success in a variety of people-centered career paths.

Courses You'll Love

Community Policing
Criminology Goes to the Movies
Fraud Examination and Deterrence
Hate Crimes and Hate Groups
Human Diversity in Criminal Justice
Justice and Human Rights Advocacy
Social Movements and Social Action
Transnational Crime and Corruption

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The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Community Organizer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Data/Research Analyst
  • Detective
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • Federal/State/Local Law Enforcement Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Rehab Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Victim Advocate
  • Youth and Family Counselor

Our Alumni in the Field

Recent internship locations include the Boston Police Department, COMPASS Alternative School, D.A. Victim Advocacy Unit, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Governor’s Office, and more.

Our alumni are leading the way at:

  • E*TRADE Financial Corporation
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Justice Policy Institute
  • Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
  • SecurAmerica
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • And more!

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.


CJ 1000 Intro to Criminal Justice Systems
and the Administration of Justice

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
(May also be used to fill a concentration)
CJ Requirements Total: 33

Requirements in Related Areas:

MATH 1150 Statistics I 3
CJ/SOC 1140 Quantitative Data Analysis for the Social Sciences 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. The six credits must be from two different academic disciplines except for foreign language sequences. Students who, in addition to the Criminal Justice major, are also a major or minor in another discipline are exempt from Criminal Justice Related Requirements.

AC 2010 Identity Theft
AFAM/SOC 2000 Contemporary Black Worlds
AFAM/P&H 2330 African-American History
AFAM/P&H 2450 Introduction to African-American Cultures
AFAM/HW/WGS 3050 Race, Class, Gender, and Health
BIOL/CHEM 2700 Intro to Forensic Science
BUS 2610 Crisis Management
COM 2007 Sign Language
COM 2010 Public Speaking
COM 2020 Intercultural Communication
COM 2100 Managerial Communication
COM 2112 Conflict Management
COM 2130 Nonverbal Communication
COM 2180 Leadership Communication
COM 2230 Writing for Communication
COM 2320 Effective Listening
COM 3040 Persuasion
ED 2455 Programming for Positive Youth Development
ED 2600 Children with Special Needs
ENG 2000 Critical Thinking
ENG 2480 Writing for the Professions
FSC 1700 Forensic Photography
FSC 2700 Intro to Forensic Science
IT 2215 Information Technology Security
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
PRS 2210 Ethics
PRS 2400 The Ethics of War and Peace
PRS 2530 Faith and Fanaticism
PRS 3100 Social and Political Philosophy
PSY 2100 Adolescent Psychology
PSY/SOC/WGS 2115 Men, Self, and Society
PSY 2125 Substance Use Counseling
PSY 2200 Behavior Disorders in Children
PSY 2205 Dysfunctional Families
PSY 2250 Family Life
PSY 2300 Abnormal Psychology
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
SOC 2050 Social Problems
SOC 2200 Race and Ethnicity
SWK 2310 Introduction to Social Work
SWK/WGS 2410 Working with Individuals
SOC/SWK 2420 Working with Groups
SOC/WGS 2470 Sex, Gender & Sexuality
SOC/WGS 2760 Wealth, Poverty, and Social Class
SOC/SWK 3390 Crisis Intervention
SOC 3610 Communities
SWK 3000 Advocacy in Social Work Practice:
Community Organization, Management and Policy
WGS 2000 Gendered Lives
____________ Any foreign language course

Students can earn a minor in Criminal Justice by taking CJ 1000 and four courses in the Criminal Justice curriculum at the 2000-level or above, with at least one course at the 3000-level.


Present your research at the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences conference or co-author your findings with a faculty member. Through the capstone project and other opportunities, students are able to delve into a topic of their choice to further their knowledge.


Position yourself to gain hands-on experience in the field that you love. Recent internship locations include the Boston Police Department, COMPASS Alternative School, D.A. Victim Advocacy Unit, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Governor’s Office, and more.

Criminal Justice majors are encouraged to do internships in Criminal Justice, CJ 3450, in practitioner settings and are required to take the requisite CJ 3450 SM Criminal Justice Internship Seminar. Students may earn only three credits for each internship/field experience.

Prerequisites for an internship include:

  • Completion of EXP 2340 or SOC/CJ 2340 with a grade of C or better;
  • A 2.75 cumulative academic average;
  • A 3.0 cumulative academic average in the CJ major;
  • And, no outstanding "Incomplete" in a previous field placement.

The Criminal Justice major provides the opportunity to systematically examine criminal justice systems and the administration of justice, analyzing the causes and patterns of crime and criminal behavior and the ways in which institutional responses address these social problems. The curriculum emphasizes social justice and the promotion of human rights throughout the globe. Criminal Justice courses highlight practical problem solving using research, theory, and analytic skills relevant to careers in criminal justice, legal studies, community and social service.

Examine elements of the criminal justice system and the development of social and ethical responses to crime:

  • Examine the philosophy, history, theory and practice of the American Criminal Justice System.
  • Describe and compare a variety of criminal justice systems and the administration of justice.
  • Compare international and cross cultural criminal justice systems.
  • Critique criminal justice institutional responses from a theoretical, practical and ethical perspective.
  • Explore problem solving techniques, ethics and consequences around social problems.

Evaluate decision making processes, the essential role of power and social capital, and understand the significance of diversity and inclusion in the criminal justice system:

  • Articulate the value and importance of social justice and human rights in the administration of justice.
  • Examine the interaction of human diversity within the criminal justice system.
  • Identify moral and ethical issues inherent in the administration of justice and the practice of criminal justice.

Recognize the necessity of theory and ethical research in the development of criminal justice policy, analyze qualitative and quantitative methodologies and understand the relationship between criminological theory and criminal behavior:

  • Explain how research data and field observations inform policies and programs.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and the impact these methodologies have on the analysis of criminal justice data and the formation of policy.
  • Describe and interpret the causes and patterns of crime, criminal behavior and victimization.
  • Analyze and apply theories of crime and criminal behavior.
  • Appraise the personal and social consequences of crime.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication.
  • Evaluate the personal and social consequences of policy and practice in the administration of justice.
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5th Year Master's in Criminal Justice

The 5th Year MACJ program is an "honors" level program for students that are interested in earning both an undergraduate degree in any discipline and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. This program is available to all Curry College students, regardless of which bachelor's degree they are working toward earning.

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Forensic Science Major/Minor

Curry College is pleased to offer students a major and minor in Forensic Science. Forensic Science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis.

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Sociology Major/Minor

The sociology program at Curry College will offer you an in-depth look at contemporary human society including: group dynamics and social networks; social institutions like law, medicine, and education; migration and globalization; and intersectional identities.

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Cybersecurity Minor

A minor in Cybersecurity complements careers in criminal justice/law enforcement, information technology, and software development as well as several other major fields.

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Law and Society Minor

Students pursuing a minor in Law and Society will be prepared for careers in advocacy, legal research, paralegal studies, and for those who wish to pursue graduate school in law.

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Women's and Gender Studies Minor

Are you interested in learning about women's experiences, struggles, and accomplishments throughout history? Then a women's and gender studies minor is for you.

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Social Work Minor

The Curry College Social Work minor focuses on the study of social work practice with emphasis on the historical and philosophical values of social welfare in the United States. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to provide social work services in today's diverse environment.

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Survivor/Witness/Victim Advocacy

The Survivor/Witness/Victim Advocacy concentration, by promoting empathy and human rights, helps prepare students for careers in informed advocacy for people who have witnessed or have been victimized by crime.

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Criminal Justice Honor Society

Lambda Alpha is the Curry College Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Students must have a 3.2 in the Criminal Justice major and a 3.2 GPA overall to be eligible.

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Sociology Honor Society

The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to promote human welfare through the association of a fellowship group interested in developing scientific knowledge that may be applied to the solution of social problems.

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The Criminal Justice Student Organization (CJSO) provides a place for students interested in Criminal Justice to explore the field in a variety of ways with other students who share a common interest.

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DuBois Sociology Club

The W.E.B Dubois Sociology Club guides students to better understand the problems and the needs of our society, people, community, and environment through a sociological perspective.

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Study Abroad

Along with institutional partnerships, you can create your own Study Abroad opportunity, or go global with our own faculty members as part of our Short-term, Faculty-led Courses.

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First-Year Experience

Making the transition to college can be a little confusing and lot of fun. Your First-Year Experience at Curry College helps smooth out the bumps and puts you on the path to success.

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Honors Program

Building on the theme of "culture and identity," the Curry College Honors Program prepares students to be leaders in the profession and in the community.

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Gen Ed

At the heart of Curry College's undergraduate curriculum is our General Education (Gen Ed) Program. Gen Ed is based on our belief in the power and potential of the liberal arts.

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We're excited you're considering our outstanding Curry College academic programs and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.