Criminal Justice

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
  • Uderstanding 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.

Jon D'Angelo '14

Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Springfield, Mass., Office

“Springfield College provided me with a quality education and the support that helped shape who I am today. The professors and advisors were always there to provide me with advice, support, and guidance as I earned my degree and worked through internships and jobs. Without Springfield College, I certainly would not be in the position I am today.”