Criminal Justice, a rapidly growing field, provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to studying the social and political legal systems in the United States and the world. Students in this program will examine critical questions, such as why individuals commit crimes, who is responsible for punishing criminals, and how should governments properly balance the rights of individuals with public safety.
Skills acquired: critical thinking, analytical and logical reasoning, and an understanding of the impact of race, class, and gender within social and political institutions.
The major prepares students for graduate school or careers in government, law enforcement, and community mediation.
Five-Year Dual Degree Program
Qualified juniors at Springfield College who are majoring in criminal justice, sociology, and youth development may file a letter of interest in the bachelor of science/master of social work program with the Department of Social Sciences Admissions Advisement Committee. Students, in consultation with their undergraduate advisor, will structure their coursework early in their undergraduate career so that a required 17 semester hours of social work foundation coursework may be taken in the senior year. This program is a five-year dual degree program. Click here to learn more.
3+3 Program for Students Interested in Pursuing a Career in Law
Are you interested in a law school degree? Pre-law advising is available to any student interested in pursuing a law school degree. Contact Professor Dan Russell, pre-law advisor, at (413) 748-3240. Click here to learn more.
For more information about the Springfield College Criminal Justice Program, contact Prof. Gordon Robinson, PhD, at (413) 748-3646 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
"Orange is the New Black": Examining the Life of a Female Inmate was written by Criminal Justice Professor Francesca Spina for "Crime Magazine". Read more
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James J.F. Forest visits Springfield College
Professor and Director of the security studies graduate degree programs at UMass Lowell, James J.F. Forest, was a guest speaker for Professor Francesca Spina's criminal justice class. Forest is the former director of terrorism studies at the United States Military Academy. Click here to learn more.