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  • Criminal Justice

    Worcester State University’s Criminal Justice Department provides the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience you need to pursue a rewarding career in our nation’s justice system. We set high expectations for student engagement and promote inquisitiveness, integrity, and accountability. Criminal Justice is the second most popular major at Worcester State. Our program is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to participate in the Police Career Incentive Pay Program (the Quinn Bill) for active police officers.

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    Our interdisciplinary course of study is taught by deeply experienced professors who conduct research in criminal justice. Classes are innovative and focus on current issues like cybercrime, school violence, mental health, drug enforcement, and forensics. Through our collaborations with such university departments as Computer Science and Business Administration and Economics, you’ll learn about every facet of the criminal justice field.

    You also will have numerous opportunities to apply classroom instruction to real-world settings—corrections departments, police laboratories, and courtrooms, for example—through service learning, internships, experiential learning, and independent study. If you are majoring in a complementary field like computer science, business, or psychology, you can enhance your career trajectory with a minor in criminal justice. You can take advantage of our evening courses. In fact, you can complete our business program entirely at night, if that best suits your lifestyle.

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    Inmate Artwork

    Join us for author Phyllis Kornfeld’s lecture, “Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary,” on Thurs., Oct. 30 at 5-6:30 p.m. in Room 117 of the Learning Resource Center. Kornfeld will be showing and discussing inmate artwork, created behind bars in jails and prisons around the country. Her book, Cellblock Visions, is a collection of this work. Co-sponsored by the Visual and Performing Arts Department.


    Criminal Justice
    Learning Resource Center
    Suite LRC-120