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Bachelor of Science

Criminal Justice


The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. The department seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the criminal justice system. However, students are simultaneously assured of receiving a traditional, well-rounded liberal arts education. We not only get students familiar with criminal justice facts and concepts, but more importantly, we teach students how to apply this knowledge to related social problems and changing situations. The development of critical thinking, communication skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas is reflected in our curriculum, which also provides students with a balanced presentation of the issues of the field. 

Requirements of the Major

Semester by Semester Program of Study - Criminal-Justice

  • Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
  • Criminal Justice - Information Technology
  • Criminal Justice - Police
  • Criminal Justice - Research & Evaluation
  • Criminal Justice - Violence


Learning Outcomes

  1. A thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and current issues in criminal justice;
  2. The ability to apply theory and research to real world problems in criminal justice;
  3. Development of critical thinking, ethical decision making, and an understanding of diversity as it pertains to crime, offenders, victims, and the criminal justice system.
  4. To prepare students to apply critical thinking skills and apply knowledge to positions in the criminal justice field and/or their graduate education.