May 22, 2024  
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Crime and Justice Studies Major

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Crime and Justice Studies is an innovative new department, grounded in the liberal arts tradition. In the study of Crime and Justice we encourage broad theoretical studies of issues of social and criminal justice. These include both questions of critical inquiry (what is crime and what is justice) as well as comprehensive analyses of structural, institutional, and State violence. This necessitates the study of racism, sexism, able-ism, heterosexism, ageism, classism, and empire as they relate to matters of justice and injustice.

The major is interdisciplinary and draws on a range of resources across the University while providing rigorous intellectual challenges. Our students study the social ethical considerations unique to the fields of crime and justice. Our goal is to give students new opportunities to combine a university education with enhanced avenues for intellectual development, career advancement and public service.

Admission into the Major

Students seeking admission into the Crime and Justice Studies major must have earned a minimum of 30 credits with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.  Students interested in majoring in Crime and Justice Studies must see the Chair of the Crime and Justice Studies Program for permission to enter the program, to discuss the program requirements and to arrange for a permanent advisor.


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

  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.75 GPA in the major
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA overall 
  • Meet the CJS major requirements listed below
  • Complete 30 credits at 300/400 level (including all courses in the major except Experiential Learning)
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits with at least 45 at UMass Dartmouth
  • Complete the University Studies requirements
  • Complete the distribution requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • All courses counting for the major must be completed with a C- or higher
  • Complete all required CJS core courses, 4 CJS electives within the Crime and Justice Studies department.

Total Credits: 36


Note: 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. We do not transfer CJS Electives (with the exception of CJS 370). Those requirements must be completed within the Department of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Current or future confirmed employers cannot be used as placements for the CJS 450 Internship requirement.

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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