Criminal Justice Studies

The major in Criminal Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary liberal arts major predicated on the belief that the study of the law and legal institutions must be accompanied by the proper administration of the law through efficient and equitable public policy in the achievement of social justice. Therefore, it provides students with the theoretical, methodological, and policy dimensions to study the law, society, and policy in the fulfillment of social justice. Most important, to provide students a foundation for life-long learning, a liberal arts foundation for them to offer new vision and leadership for positive societal change. The program offers rigorous academic study characterized by critical analysis, dialogue, and nonviolent approaches to domestic and foreign policy issues. There is both a local and global emphasis and application to exploring issues of criminal justice, peace and conflict studies, as well as a variety of issues within the context of women’s and gender studies.

The major is excellent preparation for graduate education in public policy, sociology, public administration, criminal justice, urban studies, peace and conflict studies, women’s and gender studies or other related social sciences. Students graduating with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice Studies from Regis College are prepared for a variety of careers, including but not limited to, the following: law enforcement, public service, public administration, Peace Corps, nonprofit organizations (national and international), human services, teaching, and community service organizations focusing on mediation and conflict resolution. Students are actively engaged citizens involved in civic activism, influencing policy in their communities, and supporting their communities through service.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies

Sample Four-Year Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Spring
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 (or EN 100 if needed) * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN 105 if needed) *
LG 201 (Core Social Science 1 & Major) * Core Religious Studies *
SO 201 PO 326 *
Core Philosophy * MA 210 (or MA 096/MA 100 if needed) *

Second Year

Fall Spring
Criminology (SO 3XX) Methods of Social Research (ID 3XX)
ID 304 (Core Ethical Reasoning) * PO 327
EN (Core Literature) * Core History *
Core Social Science 2 * Core Expressive Art *
Core Natural Science 1 * Core Natural Science 2 *

Third Year

Fall Spring
SO 324 PO 356
ID 413 RS/SO 280
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core Capstone Experience (1 Credit) *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *

Fourth Year

Fall Spring
ID 413 Justice Studies Seminar (ID 4XX)
PO 316 Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Courses Business & Social Science Pathway

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