The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. While our program seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the criminal justice system, we are also committed to ensuring that students receive the benefits of a well-rounded liberal arts education. We not only familiarize students with the correlations of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system, but we also teach students how to apply this knowledge to related social problems and changing situations. This includes the development of critical thinking, communication skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas.
We provide students with multiple courses to represent these substantive areas. Our degree requirements and core curriculum focus specifically on the areas below:
The Criminal Justice major consists of at least thirty-six (36) credits in criminal justice courses (not to exceed 60 credits in criminal justice courses), of which at least five (5) courses must be at the 3000-level or above. In accordance with university policies, students must have a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. Students majoring in Criminal Justice must maintain at least a 2.200 grade point average (GPA) overall and at least a 2.500 GPA in their Criminal Justice courses. Transfer students will also have to meet residency requirements that have been established by the university. Information on residency requirements can be found here.
Required Courses (19 credits)
Criminal Justice Electives (18 credits)
Criminal Justice Research Skills Requirement (12 credits)
Students majoring in Criminal Justice are required to meet proficiency standards in the fields of research, statistics, and data analysis.