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  • Program Overview

    The criminal justice degree program embraces the broad scope of the discipline, encompassing crime, law enforcement, the legal process, and correctional systems.

    The criminal justice program provides a comprehensive understanding of crime and justice issues. Through the curriculum and Endicott's liberal arts foundation, you will develop critical thinking, research, and communication skills in preparation for graduate level studies or to begin a career in criminal justice or related areas like security studies, human services, sociology, public policy, or law.

    Multiple internships allow for the practical application of the academic experience. The combination of coursework and hands-on experience will help set you apart whatever your plans post-graduation.

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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 125

     

    Freshman - Credits: 32

    • Foreign Language   (Cr: 6) 
    • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 151 - Criminal Law (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
    • PSY 100 - General Psychology (Cr: 3)
    • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (Cr: 3)

    Sophomore - Credits: 32-33

    • Individual and Society General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
    • Science and Technology General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3-4)
    • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Elective   (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 200 - Criminology (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 205 - The American Court System (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 210 - Police Process (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 215 - Corrections (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 230 - Technology Applications in Criminal Justice (Cr: 3)
    • INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)

    Junior - Credits: 31

    • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Global Issues General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
    • Criminal Justice Electives   (Cr: 9)
    • General Education Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Elective   (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 302 - Research Methods (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement
    • CJ 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)
    • PSY 241 - Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences (Cr: 3)

    Senior - Credits: 30

    • General Education Electives   (Cr: 9)
      (two must be above the 100 level)
    • Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
    • CJ 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

    Criminal Justice Electives

    Criminal Justice electives include any course with a CJ designation, and

    • CHE 230 - Forensic Science (Cr: 3)
    • CSC 230 - Cyber Threats and Security (Cr: 3)
    • HMS 327 - The Victimization of Children (Cr: 3)
    • SST 100 - Introduction to Contemporary U.S. Security Studies (Cr: 3)
    • POL 343 - Constitutional Law (Cr: 3)
    • POL 430 - Human Rights (Cr: 3)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the criminal justice program, students will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in criminal justice.
    • Apply basic research methods in criminal justice, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
    • Apply basic criminal justice concepts and principles to real world settings.
    • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the discipline.
    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in academic discourse within the discipline.

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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school or embark on your career right away after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step. Take a look at what our graduates have been up to lately.

    Recent Internships

    • Department of Criminal Justice Information Services
    • Essex County Sheriff’s Office
    • Salem Juvenile Court
    • Massachusetts State Police
    • United States Marshals Service

    Alumni Employment

    • Essex County Sheriff’s Office
    • Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office
    • Local Police Departments
    • United States Army

    Graduate School Acceptances

    • Endicott College (MBA and Homeland Security)
    • Long Island University
    • University of New Hampshire School of Law

Fifth Year M.S. in Homeland Security Studies

Students also have the option of earning both the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies in five years. In this program, undergraduate students take two graduate-level courses in homeland security that count towards the bachelor's degree, and then immediately upon graduation, complete the 30-credit master's program within a calendar year.