About This Program

Available as a major and minor

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Francesca Spina
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Department of Social Sciences
(413) 748-3358

Take an interdisciplinary approach to studying the social and political legal systems in the United States and around the world through the criminal justice major at Springfield College. You’ll examine critical questions about the legal process, review the psychology behind why individuals commit crimes, and discuss how governments should balance individual rights and public safety. You’ll also experience your area of interest in the field firsthand through internship experiences. 

Our graduates are prepared for graduate school or careers in national, state, and local government, law enforcement, and community mediation.


The Door is Always Open 

Connecting with faculty is critical to student success. An open door policy is the standard for the Department of Criminal Justice.

It's all part of the Springfield College difference. Sound like something you're interested in?

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. Jon D'Angelo '14, Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Gary Berte speaks at the podium after being appointed to the Springfield Community Police Hearing Board.
Educated by Experts

Our criminal justice majors are educated by current experts in the field, like Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Gary Berte who is appointed to the Community Police Hearing Board (CPHB) by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. Berte brings extensive first-hand experience and knowledge of criminal justice and community relations to the CPHB.

Develop Academically and Morally

Criminal Justice major Nicholas Bainter talks about his professors' passion to see students succeed and develop not just academically, but morally.