Criminal Justice

Elms College's bachelor's degree in criminal justice prepares students to deal with the impact of crime on their communities.   This interdisciplinary field bridges the work done by law enforcement, courts, correctional and rehabilitative institutions, as well as human services agencies, seeking to uphold social control, deter and mitigate crime, and sanction and rehabilitate offenders.  Careers in criminal justice require individuals who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and exceptional communicators.

Why Study Criminal Justice at Elms College?

Because of Elms College's deep roots in social justice, the Criminal Justice program is designed to examine criminal justice from various perspectives.  As an interdisciplinary field, students explore patterns and causes of crime; study issues and policies associated with alternative sentencing, border security, forensics, immigration, offender rehabilitation, terrorism; develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.  Elms College's Criminal Justice faculty are professionals with years of experience in federal, state and local law enforcement, the court systems, and state and county correctional facilities.

Internships are a vital part of the Criminal Justice students' education at Elms College.  Internships are arranged with federal and state courts, prosecutors' offices, juvenile courts, and local law enforcement, where students take what they have learned in the classroom and apply in live field experiences.

What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice Degree?

A career in criminal justice is exciting, fast paced, and challenging.  Criminal Justice professionals are active and regularly working with a variety of individuals.  Criminal Justice graduates have successful careers in law enforcement, the court system, corrections and rehabilitation, and various human services agencies.  Students are prepared for further graduate work in sociology, criminology, human services, or in attending law school for a career as 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
Kurt Ward
Director of Criminal Justice

413-265-2375
wardk@elms.edu