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At Nichols, our Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required for obtaining rewarding career opportunities in the public and private sectors. The core curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and adaptable to our five core tracks, including a focus on counterterrorism, courts, law enforcement, policy, and social work.
Our Criminal Justice faculty is comprised of knowledgeable professors with diverse backgrounds in corrections, law enforcement, forensics, research, military, and social work. Their years of real-world experience bring a significant perspective and expertise to the Criminal Justice curriculum.
Career opportunities for Criminal Justice majors are plentiful in both the public and the private sectors. Some possible occupations for graduates of the program include:
Regardless of your career path, all Nichols students have access to our Career and Professional Development Center. A myriad of resources are at your disposal from your first day on campus to the day you retire. Find out about our lifelong career support here.
A Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Nichols College can prepare you for the challenges and rewards of a career preventing and investigating crime and protecting your community. Ready to begin? Contact us for general information or to schedule a campus tour, or download our program guide today!
This course will introduce the student to the field of criminal justice and security by presenting an overview of federal and state enforcement agencies. This course will discuss the role of the state in protecting business enterprises and furnish the student with a broad understanding of the developing relationships between a business enterprise and its security function.
Within the field of criminal justice, it is necessary to understand why some people commit crimes and others do not. Crime rates throughout the world are continuously monitored and everyone wants to know the profile of the typical offender; yet it’s relevant that we explore the principles and theories that correlate with crime rates and its offenders. This course will explore historical and contemporary theories of the causes of crime; including theories derived from biological, psychological, sociological, geographic, economic, and political perspectives.
This internship will afford students the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to the real world. The criminal justice management internship program works closely with the Washington Center at the Fischer Institute, Career Services, as well as independently placing students in convenient locations. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 as well as 60 credits completed is required; the internship consists of 120 hours of work.
This capstone course will examine state-of-the-art (best practice) methodologies, strategies and approaches relevant to the acquisition of skills, competencies and conceptual (big picture) expertise necessary for successful and effective security management as well as research emerging in the field of criminal justice. This course will emphasize qualitative and quantitative (analytical) approaches relevant to the accurate forecasting, identification, and assessment of security-related issues, and concerns in multi-national environments using problem-based learning as the primary instructional strategy.
This course examines the fundamentals of cybersecurity and various measures to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime. Students will look at the current challenges of combating cybercrime and ways to avoid becoming a victim through real-world case studies and discussions of cybersecurity best practices. Students will learn key terms, concepts, and techniques to apply cybersecurity both at home and in work environments. Finally, the course delves into understanding the current cybercrime trends and threats posed to individuals and organizations in and through cyberspace.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the American Correctional system and to cover the history of corrections, punishment of offenders, the prison experience, incarceration of women, and institutional management. Formerly SOC 145.
This course will cover investigative methodologies, financial and quantitative data analysis, investigative plans, multi-disciplinary teams, and best practices. Students will also examine legal and ethical duties and issues, use case study analysis to emphasize background verifications, employee misconduct, employee and external fraud, and joint investigations with law enforcement. Overall, students will understand how properly conducted investigations may be used as a risk management tool.
This course will explore females that chose to marry foreign fighters tied to terrorism, specifically ISIS. Focus will be placed around Shannon Conley, the typical “girl next door”, who fell under the influence of Internet jihadi ideologies and decided to become an ISIS bride. The amount of female terrorists continues to rise in our society both domestically and internationally; therefore, this course will also examine the radicalization process of females and potential ways to combat this radicalization process.
This course will explore the application of science to criminal investigations. Emphasis will be placed on the recovery of evidence from the crime scene through the analysis at the crime lab, and its interpretation in the courts. Specific topics will include: the collection of evidence, death investigations, and the use of fingerprint, firearms, tool marks, and bloodstain pattern analysis. Analysis of drug tests and trace evidence (hair and fibers) will also be covered. Multiple case studies will be used to relate classroom principles to real world examples.
The United States Constitution is the operating manual of our government. This course examines how the criminal justice system is underpinned by that great document. Since the United States Constitution determines the processes and definitions of Criminal and Social Justice in our society, it is necessary to study the history and origins of applicable legal doctrines as they relate to the practices of today’s criminal justice system. We will utilize court cases involving the constitutionality of the administration of justice. We will examine these topics in a layered approach incorporating legal, empirical, and policy implementations. Ethical, procedural, and political issues will also be examined and debated.
Physical security includes an assembly (combination) of security-related equipment, devices, and technologies, designated and arranged to signal (alert) personnel to negative (loss causing) events or circumstances. Topics to be covered in this course include controlling and monitoring the access of persons and vehicles, prevention and detection of unauthorized intrusions and surveillance, safeguarding negotiable documents, proprietary information, merchandise, and buildings. Students will learn that critical to effective physical security is identifying and assessing the security (asset protection) requirements related to (anticipated) risks and threats to a given facility's perimeter, interior, and contents.
Specialty Courts are defined as those courts whom provide custom treatment to specific challenges; such as drug, veterans, mental health, homeless, domestic abuse, etc. This course examines how specialty courts operate within the criminal justice system. Emphasis is placed on the definitions and processes of specialty courts within both the Commonwealth of MA and the United States. We will utilize court cases to explore specialty courts in depth and will provide experiential learning opportunities for students to immerse themselves within specialty courts.
This course introduces students to scientific methodology as it relates to criminal justice in order for students to become researchers and understand the field of research as it relates to criminal justice. This course provides students with an understanding of the methods of research available to criminologists and the police. It also connects theory to data, and emphasizes the ability to comprehend the logic behind statistical tests of significance. Understanding the development and testing of hypotheses, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of findings is the underlying theme of the course.
Physical security includes an assembly (combination) of security related equipment, devices, and technologies, designated and arranged to signal (alert) personnel to negative (loss causing) event or circumstances. Topics to be covered in this course include controlling and monitoring the access of persons and vehicles, prevention and detection of unauthorized intrusions and surveillance, safeguarding negotiable documents, proprietary information, merchandise, and buildings. Students will learn that critical to effective physical security is identifying and assessing the security (asset protection) requirements related to (anticipated) risks and threats to a given facility’s perimeter, interior, and contents.
Is war likely between global powers like the United States and China? Could we see a nuclear conflict in the next decade? Is terrorism still a serious security risk? Should we see climate change as a security challenge? To answer these questions this course introduces its members to the foundations of the concept of ‘security’ and then applies them to contemporary case studies to illustrate their relevance. By focusing on both traditional and non-traditional security issues, the course seeks to provide students with analytical frameworks and the empirical basis for better understanding the complexity of contemporary global security issues.
Associate Dean for the Graduate School of Liberal Arts / Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Program Chair of Criminal Justice & Criminal Psychology
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice