Criminal Justice Program (B.S.)

Develop the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to navigate the challenges encountered by a rewarding career in criminal justice. Add to your existing skillset and learn to effectively serve your local community and the community at large, in the rapidly changing world of criminal justice. 

This program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in criminal justice, criminology, law enforcement, child & family support, and other related fields. Through a multidisciplinary approach and the exploration of comparative social sciences, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice field, and learn how to predict and explain crime, and develop an appreciation for the complexities of crime.

Courses are taught by faculty who are experts in their field, and who bring their valuable insights directly into the classroom. Your faculty’s firsthand experience, paired with your academic coursework, will provide you with valuable insight into your professional field of interest. You will receive a deeper understanding of big-picture concepts as well as perspective into the day-to-day operations of a professional role within the exciting field of criminal justice.
"Endicott College's Criminal Justice program offers a wide selection of courses to assist in fulfilling your professional goals. This program afforded me the opportunity to both learn and enhance my ability to research and think critically about new subjects while also being able to apply the skills and methods learned to real-world settings. The classes are taught by world-class faculty who are professionals in their respective fields which helps provide interest and context throughout the courses."
William Todd ’20
Criminal Justice, Concentration in Homeland Securities
  • Program Overview

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

    The comprehensive 42-course, 126-credit curriculum provides students with a strong understanding of criminal justice and the skills necessary to effectively research, strategize, and manage professional demands. The broad range of topics covered will allow for thorough exploration of an array of professional fields, such as: 

    Criminal Law
    Criminology 
    The American Court System
    Technology Applications in Criminal Justice
    Forensic Science
    Psychology 
    Sociology

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  • 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 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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  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Homeland Security Studies

    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.

    In addition to fulfilling the outcomes of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, students completing the concentration in Homeland Security Studies will:

    • Comprehend the interdisciplinary field of Homeland Security and the complex political, cultural and legislative issues that are required to protect the homeland and respond to disasters
    • Implement processes that strengthen project management, evaluation, and accountability within the homeland security directorate
    • Identify and describe research issues relevant to existing and emerging homeland security challenges
    • Assess current and future homeland security risks and opportunities
    • Demonstrate the critical thinking, writing and research skills that are necessary to participate in the homeland security field

    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)
    Open Electives - 24 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

    Required Concentration Courses

    BUS 355 - Risk Management
    CSC 230 - Cyber Threats and Security
    HLS 105 - Introduction to Homeland Security
    HLS 205 - America's Intelligence Community
    POL 216 - International Conflicts
    SST 301 - Terrorism Studies

    Total Number of Credits Required for Concentration - 18 credits

    Total Degree Requirements - 126 credits


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  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Trauma Studies

    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.

    In addition to fulfilling the outcomes of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, students completing the concentration in Trauma Studies will:

    • Comprehend how trauma is an individual, political and cultural issue
    • Assess individual and organizational risk by engaging in critical thinking regarding the impact of trauma on individual and society
    • Prepare students to understand the populations that have experienced trauma and to develop programs that better service populations who have experienced trauma
    • Identify and describe research issues relevant to policy and educational issues that prevent trauma
    • Demonstrate the critical thinking, writing, and research skills that are necessary to participate in the trauma studies field

    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 Courses - 3 cr.
    Global Issues Course - 3 cr.
    Core Electives - 6 cr. (Must be 300 level or higher)
    Criminal Justice Major Electives - 9 cr. 
    Open Electives - 24 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

    Required Concentration Courses

    One Elective* - 3 cr.

    HMS 310 - Crisis Intervention
    PSY 335 - Theories of Counseling
    SOC 201 - Trauma & Society
    PSY 225 - Psychology of Trauma
    PSY 326 - Developmental Trauma

    *Trauma Studies Electives

    CJ 341 - Domestic Violence
    HMS 440 - Understanding and Treating Sexual Trauma: Theory, Research and Practice
    HMS 327 - The Victimization of Children
    POL 430 - Human Rights
    PSY 435 - Group Therapy: Theory & Practice
    HMS 357 - Workplace and School Violence
    POL 216 - International Conflicts
    CJ 241 - Victimology
    PSY 317 - Criminal Profiling and Threat Assessment
    HMS 309 - Contemporary Issues in PTSD Treatment

    Total Number of Credits Required for Concentration - 18 credits

    Total Degree Requirements - 126 credits


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  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Small Business Management

    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.

    In addition to fulfilling the outcomes of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, students completing the concentration in Small Business Management will:

    • Understand how to manage the financial, sales and public relations issues associated with small business ownership.
    • Demonstrate the writing, critical thinking, presentation and business development skills necessary to succeed in promoting and managing a small business.  
    • Demonstrate capacity to communicate and negotiate with suppliers, potential investors, customers and employees. 
    • Recognize the role of promotion, customer service and public relations in profitability running a small business.
    • Understand the role of effective project management and delegation to meet small business needs.

    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 - 12 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

    Required Concentration Courses

    BUS 380 - Small Business Management
    CMM 203 - Public Relations
    BUS 328 - Sales Management
    BUS 460 - Brand Management
    BUS 415 - Business Negotiation
    BUS 309 - Project Management

    Total Number of Credits Required for Concentration- 18 credits

    Total Degree Requirements - 126 credits


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Why Van Loan?

Our seven-week courses are offered in-person or remote in Beverly, Mass., or Boston, as well as online. Course scheduling is flexible, and with rolling admissions, you can begin your academic journey any time of year. 

In addition to the support you’ll receive from our dedicated faculty and staff, an abundance of resources are available to students, such as access to three computer labs, a makerspace, career center, entrepreneurship center, tutoring & writing center, counseling center, and advising support. Small class sizes ensure open communication, enable peer-to-peer interaction, and enhance the student experience. 

Your previous experience is valuable—gain college credit for your work and life experience through our Prior Learning Assessment program (PLA). Each three-credit PLA course consists of a personal tour of reflection, retrieval, and writing processes. You’ll create a portfolio that documents your professional and personal expertise, which you will use to petition for credit. 

All of our programs are tailored to the adult learner, and provide benefits such as scholarships for single parents, discounts for active and military veterans, a generous transfer policy, and more.

Take charge of your personal and professional growth today. 

To learn more about our programming or to inquire about additional benefits available to our students, contact us vls@endicott.edu.   

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