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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science

“My time here at Anna Maria College as a Criminal Justice Major has been a great experience. I’ve found this major to be very interesting as well as challenging. My professors are very knowledgeable with first-hand experience in the field. I’ve gained so much from their insight and from the professional relationships I’ve made through my internship.”

Mike Joseph '15
Criminal Justice Major
From Marlboro, MA

Criminal Justice Major
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The mission and purpose of the Anna Maria College Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is to prepare undergraduate students for careers in the criminal justice/human services professions, provide opportunities for education and career enrichment and for graduate or professional studies. The goals for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program are to develop a critical understanding of the field of criminal justice through a balance of theory and practical application; to develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the issues which face criminal justice professionals; to develop leadership and decision making skills; to develop knowledge and foster an appreciation for research methodology and its ability to inform both policy and practice; to develop a critical understanding of the ethical dimensions of the field; and to develop a commitment to social justice, civic responsibility and feel the importance of respecting the dignity of all persons. 

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program should:

  • Comprehend and analyze a broad range of criminal justice concepts including the structure and operation of the criminal justice system, theoretical explanations of crime and criminality, consequences and responses to crime, the organization and sociology of law enforcement, principles and sources of law, and the philosophy and practice of sanctions
  • Demonstrate oral, written and technological communication skills consistent with standards in the field
  • Identify and critically evaluate criminal justice literature and databases
  • Practice and evaluate social science research
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems and situations and assess their ethical and moral implications
  • Demonstrate leadership skills that embody a commitment to diversity, social justice and civic responsibility.
  • Analyze the larger context in which the criminal justice system exists and the implications of its being so closely tied to social, practical, global and economic forces