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2006-2007 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2006-2007 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Criminal Justice

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Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Criminal Justice

(120 credits hours) Requirements are subject to change.

The criminal justice major at Springfield College prepares students to carefully analyze criminal justice processes, with an emphasis on community-based, state, and federal responses to social control. Students learn not only how criminal justice agencies work, but why and with what consequences. The major emphasizes the development of communication and reasoning skills and fosters an understanding of the relationship between criminal justice and race, class, and gender, and social institutions (i.e., family, schools, political, and economic systems).

Criminal justice advisors assist students to discover their individual strengths, in making an appropriate selection of courses and internships to complement those strengths, and to develop a wider understanding of social processes.

The criminal justice major prepares students to make civic contributions as thoughtful, informed citizens and to engage in life-long learning. The major also prepares students for a variety of entry-level employment opportunities in law enforcement, court personnel, corrections, community mediation, and social justice organizing efforts. This combination leads to exciting and interesting career opportunities in criminal justice and related fields.

B.S. / M.S.W. Program - Students majoring in Criminal Justice may have the option of pursuing a Masters in Social Work degree through an accelerated program offered by the Springfield College School of Social Work.

For more information about the criminal justice major, contact Dr. Gordon Robinson of the Social Science Department at (413) 748-3256 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

Download a Criminal Justice Program Checksheet


I. General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.  For specific requirements, see the General Education Program section or the Program Checksheet for this major.

II. Major Requirements

III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

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