“The mock class during Accepted Student Day really sealed the decision for me. The professor was giving a talk on sociology and social life. I wanted to stay in the classroom all day because it was something I was so interested in. He really knew how to grab our attention and I just felt connected with him. I could see myself wanting to be in a classroom like that every day.”
Caitlyn De Serres '18
Major: Psychology, Sociology
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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, as well as the causes and patterns of crime and criminal behavior and the ways in which criminal justice institutions have responded in trying to solve these social problems. Criminal justice courses emphasize practical problem solving and theoretical skills, which are useful to careers in criminal justice, legal studies and 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
|CJ 2020||Criminal Law||3|
|CJ 2030||Criminal Procedure||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||6|
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 2100||Managerial Communication|
|COM 2010||Public Speaking|
|COM 2020||Intercultural Communication|
|COM 2112||Conflict Management|
|COM 2130||Nonverbal Communication|
|COM 2180||Leadership Communication|
|COM 2230||Writing for Communication|
|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|
|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.
Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice alumnus Steve Sargent '04 was recently tapped as the next Chief of Police of the Worcester, Massachusetts Police Department. Sargent will serve as Chief of Police of New England's 2nd largest city.
He's big, he's Canadian and he's a hockey player. But Ellery O'Hara '17 has made himself into much more than that at Curry College. The criminal justice major from Toronto is already on a path to a successful career in law after Curry. And for him, it began with focusing on academics from Day One.
Criminal Justice majors once again had the unique opportunity to sit face-to-face and learn from some of the most prominent law enforcement officials in Massachusetts. As part of a year-long experiential learning series of court visits, the students, led by sociology and criminal justice professor, Dr. Peter Hainer, visited the Dorchester District Court and were hosted by First Justice the Honorable James W. Coffey.
Dr. Karen Lischinsky, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Curry College has again been recognized on a national level for her work with Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative, most recently, in an article published in the 'Impact: What's Working' section of the 'The Huffington Post'.
Lambda Alpha is the Curry College Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honors Society.