Programs of Study

Undergraduate Programs

The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. 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. The includes the development of critical thinking, communication skills and the ability to conceptualize ideas. 

Undergraduate Students

We provide students with coursework in the following substantive areas: 

  • Criminal justice and juvenile justice processes (law, crime and administration of justice) 
  • Criminology (the causes of crime and typologies) 
  • Law enforcement (police organization, discretion, subculture and legal constraints) 
  • Law adjudication (criminal law, prosecution, defense and court procedures, and decision-making) 
  • Corrections (incarceration, community-based corrections and treatment of offenders) 
  • Crime prevention (social, community, situational interventions and public policy) 
  • Research and evaluation (principles of social science research and policy evaluation) 
  • Technology and crime analysis 

Five Degree Concentrations

Our school is committed to providing a better understanding of social problems and policy. In an effort to provide a well-rounded education on the many key areas of the criminal justice system, we offer five degree concentrations:

  • Police 
  • Corrections 
  • Violence 
  • Crime & Mental Health
  • Homeland Security

For concentration requirements, a degree pathway, and the latest course information please refer to the UMass Lowell Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

We use either a three or six credit Practicum/Field Placement for upper level students as a mechanism for students to assess their interest and apply their classroom knowledge in an area of criminal justice. Like other academic fields, our school does not offer courses nor award credit for vocational training courses designed for specific job preparation or advanced job training. These courses are characterized by training for specific job skills rather than education involving conceptual learning. 

In addition, students majoring in criminal justice will fulfill a professional skills requirement. This consists of either attaining intermediate proficiency in a foreign language, or completing four courses in computers and statistics. In the event that a student chooses a foreign language skill, the school recommends Arabic or Spanish. In addition, a strength of our school is its emphasis on students developing applied skills in areas such as information technology and data analysis.

For more information about the undergraduate program, please contact Christopher Harris, Ph.D.