Criminal Justice Program (B.S.)

  • Program Overview

    Want to help make the world a safer place by promoting justice?

    Develop the knowledge and critical thinking to navigate the challenges and rewards of a career in law enforcement, courts, and correctional systems.

    The bachelor's degree program in criminal justice helps you develop the critical thinking and technical skills to move on to graduate level education or pursue an immediate career in law enforcement, public safety, the justice system, homeland security, or social services.

    You will enjoy all the world-class resources of Endicott College and a close-knit, supportive learning community. Since the program is designed for adult learners, you may be able to translate your previous work and educational experiences into program credits - getting you closer to graduation more quickly.

    BS criminal justice
  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    Candidates for Van Loan School's undergraduate programs should have a minimum of two years full-time work experience. Admission to an undergraduate program requires a high school diploma, GED or conferred Associates degree from an accredited college or university. Prospective students may apply online at www.endicott.edu/VanLoan/Van-Loan-Admissions or submit the following materials to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915:

    • Completed undergraduate application;
    • Non-refundable $25 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students
    • Essay of 250 - 500 words on career goals;
    • Official final high school transcript or GED certificate
    • Official transcripts of any post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s), including Joint Service Transcripts.
    • Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.

    All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted, or matriculated, in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of 12 Endicott credits.

    International Applicants for Undergraduate Admission Requirements
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants must request that an official academic transcript confirming a secondary school diploma equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma be sent directly from the secondary school. Educational documents from outside the U.S. must be accompanied by a certified English translation, if deemed necessary.

    All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency. International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their high school transcript and diploma are not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott- sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    • Effectively communicate in writing and through oral communication.
    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the criminal justice field
    • Apply lessons and make connections between the General Education curriculum and the study of criminal justice
    • Design, execute, and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies, selected knowledge, skills and experiences appropriate to the students' personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization.
    • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of criminal justice and criminology, including practical and technical skills and competencies required by many law enforcement agencies and private security firms.

    Required Curriculum

    World Cultures Course - 3 cr.
    Aesthetic Awareness & Creative Expression Course - 3 cr.
    Literary Perspectives Course - 3 cr.
    Values & Ethical Reasoning Course - 3 cr.
    Science & Technology Course - 3 cr.
    Global Issues Course - 3 cr.
    Criminal Justice Electives - 9 cr.
    Core Electives - 6 cr. (Must be 300 level or higher)
    General Education Electives - 12 cr.
    Open Electives - 30 cr.

    CJ 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
    CJ 151 - Criminal Law
    CJ 200 - Criminology
    CJ 205 - The American Court System
    CJ 215 - Corrections
    CJ 230 - Technology Applications in Criminal Justice
    CJ 489 - Senior Thesis I
    CJ 490 - Senior Thesis II
    CHE 230 - Forensic Science
    EC 350 - Career Transitions
    ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I
    ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II
    LST 305 - Applied Research Methods
    MTH 126 - Applied Statistics
    PSY 100 - General Psychology
    PSY 310 - Abnormal Psychology
    SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology

    Total Degree Requirements - 126 credits


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  • Internships and Careers

    An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

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