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.

Criminal justice professionals face challenging work schedules with very limited spare time. Our flexible program allows you to complete your degree in a hybrid format: in the evenings, on the weekends, and in an online format.

“Though I had been a police officer for 18 years and am now a sergeant, I felt that something was missing in my life. At Springfield College, I learned to approach leadership through service, and by embracing diversity and change. This program is second to none.”  

Samuel Santiago ’16 Chief of Police, Shirley, Mass.

Written by Associate Faculty Member Timothy Manzke, Ph.D.

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Timothy Manzke, Ph.D., worked in the Milwaukee Police and public school system for years before becoming an Associate Faculty Member for Springfield College. His experience provided him with a unique insight and invaluable knowledge into the modern phenomenon of cyberbullying. In his blog post, Manzke addresses what causes cyberbullying, examples of cyberbullying, and, most importantly, how we can work toward ending cyberbullying.

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Criminal Justice Concentration Curriculum

Required Criminal Justice Courses

(Each worth 3 credits for a total of 21)

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Criminology
  • Police and the Modern Society 
  • Corrections
  • The Criminal Court System
  • The Intersection of the Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems

Sample Elective Courses

(Each worth 3 credits)

  • Women and Crime
  • Homeland Security and Terrorism
  • Cybercrime
  • Ethics and Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Police Administration and Leadership
  • Violence and Social Control in U.S. History and Society

Create Your Own Flexible Schedule

Choose a fully online criminal justice program or a hybrid program, which includes a mix of online and in-class courses.  Whichever you choose, we are prepared to support you. Please note that all concentration courses are delivered online.

Hybrid Evening Courses

Tuesday and Thursdays evening classes (typically twice per month), approximate 50:50 split between face-to-face and online hours

Hybrid Weekend Courses

Saturday and Sunday classes (typically twice per month), approximate 50:50 split between face-to-face and online hours

Fully Online Courses

All coursework is completed online in a social and interactive learning environment
 

To graduate, you will need 120 credits, 45 of which must be completed at Springfield College. In order to receive a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in criminal justice, you must have taken 21 credits in criminal justice, and a minimum of 3 elective credits. Students may take the required and elective courses at Springfield College, or may transfer in courses from other regionally accredited higher education institutions. Credits also may be awarded through the experiential learning process.

Student Projects

Recent projects by students in our criminal justice concentration:

  • Breaking the Cycle,” a look at domestic violence from the woman’s perspective
  • “All Lives Matter,” working to improve community relations between Springfield (Mass.) police and the city’s citizens
  • “The Ex-offender’s Story”
  • “Reintegration: Preventing Recidivism in Women”  
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