ACADEMICS

  • Criminal Justice

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is a 120 credit-hour program. It is an interdisciplinary major, predicated on a common core of the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences. The goal of the program is to develop in students an increased analytical awareness of the role of law enforcement agencies, courts, and correctional institutions in the criminal justice system. The curriculum includes course work to provide students with awareness of recent advances in human dynamics, civil rights legislation and information technology.

    The course of study consists of an extensive overview of the criminal justice system and an intensive examination of each of the major components of the system. The program is designed to serve students who may elect to enter the criminal justice profession immediately upon graduation, students of the liberal arts without professional interest in criminal justice, and students who desire to pursue graduate work. Criminal Justice majors are able to apply for an internship in a criminal justice related organization during their junior year.

    To request an application form, please call the Admissions Office at 508-929-8040.

    Requirements for a Major: 39 credits in criminal justice, of which 21 must be completed at Worcester State University.

    Major Core: 18 credits

    • CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJ 102 Introduction to Corrections
    • CJ 111 Law Enforcement and Society
    • CJ 203 Theories of Crime
    • CJ 205 American Judicial System
    • CJ 331 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    • Criminal Justice Electives: 21 credits

    Requirements for a Minor:
    7 courses comprising 4 core courses and three electives.

    Core Courses:

    • CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJ 102 Introduction to Corrections
    • CJ 111 Law Enforcement and Society
    • CJ 205 American Judicial System Plus
    • Criminal Justice Electives: 3 courses

    Students will need to obtain a Declaration of Major/Minor from the Registrar's Office and obtain signature of CJ Department Chair.