Nov 16, 2018  
2014-2015 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Crime and Justice Studies Major

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Crime and Justice Studies is an innovative major grounded in the liberal arts tradition. The Crime and Justice curriculum encourages broad theoretical inquiry into issues of social and criminal justice. These include both questions of critical inquiry (what is crime, what is law, and what is justice) as well as comprehensive analyses of structural, institutional and state violence. This necessitates the study of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism and classism as they relate to the criminal justice system’s policies and practices.

This is an interdisciplinary program that draws on a range of resources across the university and provides rigorous intellectual challenges. The program focuses on the ethical considerations unique to the field of crime and justice with the goal of giving students opportunities to combine a university education with enhanced avenues for career advancement and public service.

All courses counting for the major must be completed with a C- or higher.

Students seeking admissions into the Crime and Justice Studies major must have earned a minimum of 45 credits  with a minimum of 2.75 GPA overall.  Students interested in majoring in Crime and Justice Studies must see the Director of the Crime and Justice Studies Program for permission to enter the program, discuss the program requirements and arrange for a permanent advisor. Contact the department for further information: 508 999-8401 or Professor Susan Krumholz at 508 999-8370.


To successfully complete the program for graduation, all students must:

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.75 GPA in the major
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA overall GPA
  • Meet the CJS major requirements
  • Complete 30 credits at the 300/400 level (this includes courses in the major, excluding Experiential Learning)
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits, at least 45 of which must be earned at UMass Dartmouth
  • Complete the University Studies requirements of the university
  • Complete the distribution requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences

Total Credits: 36


Work experience or internships outside of the department may not be substituted for CJS 450 Internship.

As part of the articulation agreement with the Massachusetts Community Colleges, it is anticipated that students arriving with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice or a closely related field may have satisfied the requirements for CJS 190 Introduction to Crime and Justice Studies.

University Studies Requirements

In addition to the requirements in the major, students will be required to complete the University Studies requirements. For more information:

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