Criminology & Criminal Justice

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.

Major Requirements

View the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Required Courses:

  • SOC1101 Introduction to Sociology (SA) (SS)
  • CCJ1203 Crime and Justice (SS)
  • CCJ2100 Law and Criminal Procedure
  • CCJ2101 Criminology (SS)
  • CCJ2303 Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ2310 Professional Ethics in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ4394 Internship in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ4997 Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Two Courses From:

  • CHEM1117 Forensic Chemistry (SI) (NSL)
  • SOC2105 Race, Ethnicity and Group Relations (SA) (SS) (DM) OR SOC2127 Social Class and Inequality (SA) (SS)
  • SOC2200 Drugs and Society
  • SOC2207 Deviant Behavior and Social Controls

Two Courses From:

  • CCJ3212 Criminal Justice Reform
  • SOC3205 Crimes Against Humanity
  • SOC3207 Juvenile Justice and the Legal Rights of Children
  • SOC3210 Family Violence

Minor Requirements

View the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a minor in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Required Courses:

  • CCJ1203    Crime and Justice (SS)
  • CCJ2100    Law and Criminal Procedure
  • CCJ2101    Criminology (SS)
  • CCJ2310    Professional Ethics in Criminology & Criminal Justice

One Course From:

  • CCJ2302       Methods for Criminology & Criminal Justice 
  • CHEM1117    Forensic Chemistry (SI-L) (NSL)
  • SOC2105      Race, Ethnicity and Group Relations (SA) (SS) (DM)
  • SOC2127      Social Class and Inequality (SA) (SS)
  • SOC2200      Drugs and Society
  • SOC2207      Deviant Behavior and Social Controls

One Course From:

  • CCJ3212        Criminal Justice Reform
  • CCJ3207        Juvenile Justice and the Legal Rights of Children
  • SOC 3205      Crimes Against Humanity
  • SOC 3210      Family Violence

Learning Goals & Outcomes

Students who complete the Criminology & Criminal Justice major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a keen understanding of criminology, crime, justice, violence, victimization, and the criminal justice system.
  2. Acquire deep knowledge of criminological theories, concepts, and research methods.
  3. Apply sociological and criminological paradigms to complex issues as they relate to the criminal justice system and social inequality, race, class, gender, and prejudice and discrimination.
  4. Understand and analyze social, political, and legal responses to crime, violence, and injustice in society.
  5. Engage in moral reasoning and critical thinking to address social issues and current events related to criminology and criminal justice.

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