Why study criminal justice at UMass Lowell?
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Our faculty are leaders in the field, working collaboratively with communities and agencies around the world to assist with strategic problem solving, crime analysis, evaluation research and policy analysis.
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Sara Khun-Leng '99
Sara Khun-Leng ’99 helps immigrants and refugees, veterans and others needing assistance as director of constituent services in the district office of U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan.
I felt like I had to do this, to speak for people who are not always able to help themselves.
Mayara Reis '22
Criminal Justice major and community organizer Mayara Reis says the diversity at UMass Lowell let her be who she's supposed to be.
(UML) is so diverse. So many people look like me. It let me start being who I am supposed to me.
Carley Bennet '24
Carley Bennet looks to capitalize on her Washington Center internship experience as she pursues a career in homeland security.
As sad as I am to be leaving campus … I'm really excited for the start of my career.
Karina Cruz appreciates the flexibility, small classes and in-depth administrative skills she’s learning, from how to change public policy to managing a diverse workforce.
It’s as versatile a degree as I need it to be.
Casey McCauley '25
With family ties to the criminal justice field, Casey McCauley looks to forge her path to law school through the School of Criminology and Justice Studies.
I was able to take what I’ve learned from my legal studies classes and apply it to real-world situations.
Christina Han '21
Christina Han’s work with Multicultural Affairs, her club leadership and her studies in criminal justice converged in her honors capstone: running a “Support Space” for Asian American and Pacific Islander students during a surge in hate crimes.
Just being able to help others and educate others, knowing I was able to make a difference in someone else’s day, that’s a coping mechanism.
Matt Cherkerzian '18
Matt Cherkerzian is an EMT majoring in criminal justice who helps with research into decision-making by first responders.
Doug in the Centers for Learning was a mentor in how to get through college.
Matthew Chigas '17, '19
Criminal Justice, Security Studies
Internships in the Middle East and in Nashua, N.H., launched Matthew Chigas on an ambitious career path.
I try to get my hands in everything.
Lisa teDuits '18
It took Lisa teDuits 27 years to earn her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She pursued the paralegal option for better job opportunities – and to set a good example for her sons.
The online classes gave me the flexibility to juggle working full time, being a mom, not missing any of my sons’ sporting events and helping with elderly parents and their needs.
Shaila Bornstein '19
Criminal Justice, Political Science
A semester in Washington, D.C., interning with a nonprofit that trains women to run for political office galvanized Shaila Bornstein. As soon as she finishes at UML, she plans to return to Washington to gain political experience so she can run for president.
The opportunities I’ve already gotten here are above and beyond what I could have gotten anywhere else.
Yahayra Michel ’07, ’09
Psychology and Criminal Justice
Asst. Teaching Prof. Yahayra Michel, who was a first-generation college student, found her mentors at UMass Lowell.
UMass Lowell just feels like home.
Qurat Ann '15, '17, '19
Criminal Justice & Criminology
A chance encounter with a professor led to an amazing research opportunity. Now Qurat Ann is researching the pros and cons of sex offender registration laws as she pursues a Ph.D.
A professor put me on his project and gave me a chance – and I’m eternally grateful because it changed my life.
William Cole-French '23
Psychology major William Cole-French, a distance runner on UML’s men’s cross country and track and field teams, received an America East Helping Hands Award for his volunteer mentorship of a local elementary school student.
By talking with someone who’s younger through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, you’re reminded what really matters: relationships, being a good person and being kind.
Sean Perry '18
After earning a master's degree in criminal justice, Sean Perry plans to pursue a Ph.D. in criminology with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor or private sector or government researcher whose studies could help improve police departments or criminal justice systems.
I received a really good education here. I feel like I never got anything less than Ivy Leaguers did.
Elinor Mayo '20
Elinor Mayo has lofty dreams, and Air Force ROTC is helping her find her way to the cockpit.
When I was in seventh grade, I decided I wanted to be a fighter pilot because in my head, that was the most amazing job I could ever have. If I push myself hard enough, it might be within reach.
Lisa Thompson '21
Her Ph.D. research at UMass Lowell won Lisa Thompson a rare research assistantship at the National Institute of Justice.
Prof. Harris is so awesome; he literally changed my life.
Matthew Levenson '19
Criminal justice major Matt Levenson loves an adventure and a challenge—and he’s bent on seizing every opportunity he can while at UMass Lowell.
Whenever you’ve got an opportunity, you’ve got to take advantage of it.
Criminology and Justice Studies
Ryan Shields is taking a public health approach to a highly sensitive issue: child sexual abuse. The criminologist says that research suggests much of it can be prevented, and that’s reason for hope.
I believe in the power of prevention to make life better for people.
Veyli Ortiz Solis ’20, ’21
Veyli Ortiz Solis earned a B.S. in criminal justice in just three years – with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
I always love to be challenged. I feel like that’s when I do my best work.
Jamie Smorczewski '09, '21
History, Security Studies
2021 Student Commencement Speaker Jamie Smorczewski knows what it means to persevere, over injury, health issues, the pandemic and life’s curveballs.
I’m from a blue-collar family and there wasn’t a ton of money for me to attend college, so I found my own way.
Dic Donohue '12, '19
Criminal Justice & Criminology
Retired MBTA Transit Police Sgt. Dic Donohue finished his master’s degree in 2012. Less than a year later, he was shot during a police firefight with the Boston Marathon bombers. After earning his Ph.D. in criminology, he’s taking a job with the RAND Corp.
There are a lot of people who will help you, not just police, but community-wide. You’ve just got to open your eyes, realize they’re out there and ask them for help.
Angela King Lines '18
Angela King Lines is already on the front lines of fighting crime as a manager at Walmart. She says her degree in criminal justice helped prepare her for her next fight: reducing the backlog of DNA tests in rape and murder cases.
I really appreciate the flexibility of online learning. You can still do your career and get your degree.
Norm Bazin ’94, ’99
Men's Ice Hockey Coach
As an alum and a coach, Norm Bazin makes the River Hawks proud on and off the ice.
We intend to make the Tsongas a very tough place to get points for opposing teams.
Kyleigh Clark-Moorman '19
Kyleigh Clark-Moorman is interested in how best to prepare inmates to rejoin their communities. She’s gotten a broad range of research and teaching experiences in the doctoral program in criminology.
Everyone is so welcoming, and the professors are so invested in student success. They want you to flourish and build your skills.
Andrew Sciascia '20
Political Science & Criminal Justice
Andrew Sciascia’s studies in political science and homeland security are combining with his student newspaper experience to prepare him for a career as a political analyst.
We all come to this university with a different story, and we are welcomed with open arms.
Deborah Friedl '83
Criminal Justice, Psychology
Deborah Friedl ’83 broke barriers for women at the Lowell Police Department. Now president of the International Association of Women Police, she’s advocating for women to play a role in police reform.
Women bring a lot of value to building trust with communities.
Rachel Record '20
Honors student Rachel Record won a full scholarship to law school, thanks to the Legal Studies Program and research and practical experiences.
I grew up on this campus. I love it here.
Steven DiNoto '94, '97
Steven DiNoto's career is a mix of “CSI” and “Criminal Minds” high-tech rip-offs, forensics and criminal psychology. He's held top-level posts through his career and credits his UMass Lowell education for his success.
UMass Lowell was an amazing experience for me. The professors were great ... the best CJ professors in the nation, they were also very accessible to students.