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I can't stress enough how amazing it is to have an opportunity to gain real world experience in the business world while still in school, especially at a company as well-known as Reebok. And I'm wasn't just sitting on the sidelines and observing; some of my responsibilities included supporting the U.S. Trade Marketing Team, attending photo shoots, working with our products during go-to-market roll outs, and much more.

Christine Nguyen '15
Major: Management

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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, 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.

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.

CJ 1000 Introduction 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)

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/P&H 2330 African-American History
AFAM/P&H 2450 Introduction to African-American Studies
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 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
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
WGS 2000 Gendered Lives
Any foreign language course


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.

CJ Honor Society Offers Law School Seminar

The Criminal Justice Honors Society recently hosted a seminar for students interested in attending law school. Guest speakers included attorneys Christine Collins and Sheila Gholkar from the United States Department of Labor who discussed their motivations to practice law and the many career routes in the field.

Meet Dr. Aaron Arnold

Working as an intelligence analyst for the FBI, Criminal Justice and Sociology Professor, Dr. Aaron Arnold, focused on nuclear proliferation financing.  So Dr. Arnold's students learn more than just theory, but lessons also based on real world experiences.

CJ Professor's Work with Inmates / Victims Garners National Attention

Dr. Karen Lischinsky, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Curry College has been recognized on a local and national level for her work with the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative, including interviews on WCVB and WBUR and articles in The New York Times and  The Huffington Post.

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.

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Congratulations to members of the Curry criminal justice/sociology faculty for their on-going professional accomplishments!


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