Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services

Criminal Justice Concentration

The online Criminal Justice degree concentration provides a well-grounded overview of the three core components of criminal justice: police, courts, and corrections.

“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.

Criminal Justice students pose for picture with police officers in front on police car

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.

The criminal justice concentration is offered at all regional campuses.

Criminal Justice Careers

The coming decade holds a promising outlook for human services employment for those with bachelor’s degrees. The U.S. Department of Labor is predicting that employment for social and human service workers will increase by 16 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Trends show that bachelor’s and master’s degrees help criminal justice workers to advance more quickly. The Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in criminal justice prepares you for careers in:

  • Law enforcement

  • Counseling

  • Juvenile justice

  • Probation and parole officers

  • Corrections 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.

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

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To graduate, you will need 120 credits, 48 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.

Laurie Rodriguez

Criminal Justice

Concentration Coordinator

"The Criminal Justice Concentration offers students the opportunity to study in depth the dynamic, interdisciplinary field of criminal justice. The concentration offers adult learners the advantage of studying cutting-edge courses that prepare them for leadership roles in their communities."

Student Projects

Bringing learning to life with hands-on community 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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