In the Criminology & Criminal Justice (CCJ) program, students will learn how law enforcement, the courts, and corrections function and examine the causes and consequences of criminal behavior. Students will analyze how and why social factors such as race, class, ethnicity, gender identity, and culture influence the criminal justice system and those involved. Through rigorous coursework with faculty who have worked in the field and exciting internship and research opportunities, students will become familiar with devising ways to improve our social and legal responses to crime and disorder, especially for those who live and work in marginalized communities.
Rooted in the social justice mission of Emmanuel College, the CCJ program equips students with cutting-edge knowledge, critical thinking and analytical skills, and an understanding and awareness of the complexities of the ethical issues undertaken in working in the dynamic, demanding, ever-evolving, and exciting fields of criminal justice and criminology.
Students in the CCJ program can earn a major or a minor in CCJ. Previous CCJ graduates have successfully paired a CCJ degree with psychology, forensic science, human services, education, and political science to prepare themselves for their professions. The program provides an exceptional foundation for professional and career opportunities in the traditional components of the criminal justice system and in the non-profit sector, non-government organizations, victim advocacy, human services, and the state or federal government.