Criminal Justice

Elms College's bachelor's degree in criminal justice prepares students to deal with the impact of crime on their communities.   This growing field bridges the work done in human service and law enforcement fields and requires students understand criminal law, criminal procedure, technological and forensic advances.  This career requires an individual who can make decisions under fire; demanding critical thinking skills, the ability to write well and the ability to communicate with other members of law enforcement, the media, and the public.

Why Study Criminal Justice at Elms College?

Because of Elms College's deep roots in social justice, the program is designed to examine criminal justice from various perspectives. The Elms College Criminal Justice program emphasizes problem solving so students can bring that skill to their career. Rather than focusing mostly on corrections, the criminal justice major at Elms College explores the root causes of criminal behavior and the communication and analytical skills critical to finding solutions. Hear what our students have to say.

Our small classes mean more time with your professor, which means learning more, and being better equipped to make a difference. Required internships arranged through state and federal courts, the District Attorney's office, advocates, juvenile court, and community police are integral to the curriculum along with participation in moot court, mock crime scenes and opportunities to travel and study various agencies and systems.

What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice Degree?

A career in criminal justice is exciting, fast paced, and challenging and rarely has you sitting behind a desk. Graduates can go on to work in federal, state, and local gov't., including a variety of careers in federal agencies (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau), as a state trooper, local police officer, federal and state parole and probation officers, federal and state correctional officers, victim witness advocates. Students will also be well prepared for further graduate work in sociology, criminology, human services, or can attend law school to be a prosecutor or defense attorney. 

What's the Next Step?

Take a look at the curriculum for our program, contact us to learn more, or sign up for a campus visit. Ready to apply? You can do it online.

Contact Us

Division of Social Sciences
Nancy Sullivan
Administrative Assistant

413-265-2323
sullivann@elms.edu