Criminal Justice

The mission of the Criminal Justice Concentration is to empower the criminal justice practitioner to advocate for meaningful change, within the criminal justice system that will embrace a collaborative effort between the community, and those charged with the administration of justice within that community. The concentration will activate and articulate a construct of an emerging notion of social and economic justice.

Download the criminal justice brochure.


Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in human services with a concentration in criminal justice are employed in these fields, and trends show that bachelor’s and master’s degrees help criminal justice workers to advance more quickly.

  • Corrections Officer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Counseling
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Probation and Parole Officers
  • Rehabilitation
  • Investigating
  • Forensics
  • Victim Services
  • Security
  • Case Management

These professionals work in city (police and sheriff departments, corrections facilities), county, state (penitentiaries, crime labs), and federal (customs and border protection, FBI, CIA, IRS, DEA, homeland security, National Parks Service) government agencies. They also work for businesses and private industries including banks, health care, manufacturers, and power plants.

Weekend Classes

Attend classes on two weekends per month without disrupting your work schedule and your family responsibilities.

16-24 Months

Earn a bachelor’s degree in 16 to 24 months, saving you time and money.

Increase Your Earning Potential

Advancement opportunities are available to those with degrees in the expanding field of criminal justice.

Support for Adults

Get the academic support you need as an adult from attentive faculty and staff from the Academic Success Center at your campus.

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn undergraduate credit for prior professional development training hours including professional certificates and Police Academy and corrections trainings.

An Affordable Degree

The combination of an accelerated format, affordable tuition, and staff to help you navigate the financial aid process makes this a surprisingly affordable program.

Relevant and Current

Our criminal justice concentration offers courses that reflect the dynamic, evolving nature of criminal justice in a global society.

Student Projects

An action research project provides opportunities for students to partner with community organizations by leading criminal justice projects in their own communities.

National and Regional Recognition

Get connected with local, regional, and national organizations that Springfield College and its School of Professional and Continuing Studies have articulation agreements and partnerships with.

Outstanding Faculty

Learn from faculty members who include accomplished professionals in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, private security, counseling, and law.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn 120 credits to graduate. Of those credits, 48 must be taken at Springfield College (residency requirement).

Students must complete all three levels of required courses:

  • General education requirements
  • School of Professional and Continuing Studies requirements
  • Criminal justice concentration requirements (Minimum 18 credits taken in residence; see advisor for individual circumstances)

The group project must focus on a criminal justice issue.

The link below provides a detailed explanation of the graduation requirements and lists the general education categories.

School of Professional and Continuing Studies Credit and Course Requirements

Criminal Justice Concentration Curriculum

Concentration Mission:
The mission of the criminal justice concentration is to provide students with a well-grounded overview of the criminal justice system that includes its three core components (police, courts, and corrections) The criminal justice concentration seeks to empower practitioners to advocate for meaningful change within the criminal justice system that will embrace a collaborative effort between communities and those charged with the administration of justice within those communities.

Policy Statements:

Students wishing to enroll in the Criminal Justice Concentration may take the required courses and elective course in residency, the courses may be transferred in from other regionally accredited higher educational institutions, or be awarded through the experiential learning process.

Students enrolled in the Criminal Justice Concentration must fulfill their requirements for Group Project in Criminal Justice (12 credits - CJWB 330, 331, and 332) by completing a project relevant to the field of criminal justice.

Required Courses: 21 credits

  • CJWB 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Credits: 3
  • CJWB 120 - Criminal Law and Procedure Credits: 3
  • CJWB 130 - Criminology Credits: 3
  • CJWB 152 - Police and the Modern Society Credits: 3
  • CJWB 154 - Corrections Credits: 3
  • CJWB 155 - The Criminal Court System Credits: 3
  • CJWB 220 - The Intersection of the Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems Credits: 3

Elective Courses: 3 credits

  • CJWB 131 - Women and Crime Credits: 3
  • CJWB 150 - Homeland Security and Terrorism Credits: 3
  • CJWB 170 - Cyber Crime Credits: 3
  • CJWB 239 - Ethics and Law Credits: 3
  • CJWB 249 - Juvenile Justice Credits: 3
  • CJWB 334 - Police Administration and Leadership Credits: 3
  • CJWB 411 - Violence and Social Control in U.S. History and Society Credits: 3

Student Projects

Bring learning to life with hands-on community projects, making connections and impacting people before you graduate. Below are a list of past student projects.

  • The Ex-offender’s Story
  • Reintegration: Preventing Recidivism in Women
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