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Students pursuing a criminal justice degree at Curry College listen intently to a State Police OfficerDo 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.

Course Requirements and Information

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 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
(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. 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
BIOL/CHEM 2700 Introduction to Forensic Science
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 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
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 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 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 and Communities
SOC/WGS 2470 Sex, Gender & Sexuality
SOC/WGS 2760 Wealth, Poverty, and Social Class
SOC 3390 Crisis Intervention
SOC 3610 Communities
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.

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 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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