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Made for Transformative Change

The field of transformative justice is intended to build alternatives to our current justice systems, break generational cycles of violence within our communities and families, and address, reduce, end and prevent violence from happening. Students graduating from Curry College with a degree in Transformative Justice will be prepared for a variety of careers in human services, organizing, non-profit, and/or human rights as advocates and assisting in interventions for those who have been harmed or are in crisis.

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The Transformative Justice major at Curry will allow students to understand how harm and violence create obligations and needs within communities, and that in order to break longstanding patterns of violence, the response must both hold those who create the harm accountable while facilitating healing for individuals and communities. While recognizing that reform of current criminal justice practices and systems is important and much needed for harm reduction, transformative justice focuses on the critical role of community responses to harm, violence and/or abuse. This is based on the core belief that there are limits to how much healing the official justice system can provide, and there may be more possibility for transformation in our communities through grassroots forces than through the government.

Transformative Justice Curriculum

The Transformative Justice major at Curry draws from the fields of Criminal Justice, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology.  Each of these disciplines contributes to understanding the context where the work of social and transformative justice must happen. 

Students will:

  • Examine the current criminal justice system and its impacts on individuals, families, and communities.
  • Be asked to critique these systems and explore alternatives to our criminal justice system where the emphasis is on healing, empowerment and social change for survivors, families, and communities.
  • Evaluate the social institutions and systems that cause or contribute to injustice and how to work with communities to make changes to those systems.
  • Take a two-course sequence, earning them a certificate in Restorative Justice that helps to prepare them for work in this realm.

Transformative Justice Major Requirements and Learning Outcomes

Courses You'll Love

Restorative Justice: Community and Incarceration   
Resiliency Rising: Restorative Justice
Court Processes and Alternative Pathways to Justice
Crisis Intervention
Justice and Human Rights Advocacy

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Online 5th Year Master's Degree Option

We offer a new, fully online 5th year Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program where undergraduate students take graduate coursework in their senior year, and can finish both degrees in five years. This program allows our students the opportunity to work academically side by side with experienced professionals in the field, as well as with our faculty experts. The newly developed fully online high-touch model allows students the best opportunity to flexibly finish their master’s degree with the same high-quality faculty mentorship they are used to in just one additional year after completing their B.A.

The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Advocacy
  • Community Organizer
  • Human Rights
  • Human Services
  • Intervention
  • Non-profit
  • Organizing
  • Outreach Worker
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator
  • Violence Interrupter
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5th Year Master's in Criminal Justice

The Dual Degree MACJ program focuses on innovative policies to address new and emerging challenges within the criminal justice system. The curriculum focuses on ethical leadership while examining restorative practices, mental health, and trauma, making the Curry program unique and innovative in the field.

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Critical Inequality Studies Minor/Concentration

Curry's minor in Critical Inequality Studies is one of the only of its kind in New England. It follows an emerging trend among higher education leaders dedicated to expanding the understanding of inequality patterns and how these issues impact individuals, institutions, and society.

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Restorative Justice Certificate

Many professionals in careers that involve helping and supporting others are not adequately prepared to deal with the trauma rich environments they work in, causing a resulting stress. The Restorative Justice certificate program focuses students on trauma, healing and resiliency with an emphasis on restorative justice practices where the relationship between justice and healing is explored.

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Law and Society Minor

Students pursuing a minor in Law and Society will study how laws are created and how they in turn shape social movement around various interests, exploring the intersections between law, power, and society. Students with a Law and Society minor will be prepared for careers in advocacy, legal research, and paralegal studies.

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Law Enforcement Concentration

The Law Enforcement Concentration will provide students who wish to enter a competitive job market with a clear path of elective choices that will enhance both their understanding of the field of law enforcement as well as their professional marketability post-graduation.

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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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Life-Changing Opportunities Await

Start with a foundation in the liberal arts. Add attentive faculty and countless opportunities to learn by doing. That’s what you’ll get with a bachelor’s degree from Curry. Learn what’s waiting for you today.