Crime, Law and Justice
The Crime, Law & Justice major at ENC includes courses that allow students to gain a global perspective when examining the process of justice. Courses are taught by instructors with current professional experience within the fields that they teach, giving students an inside perspective of the criminal justice system. Site visits to and placements at local justice agencies give students first-hand experience in the realms of justice that interest them when envisioning their future careers.
The crime law and justice program at ENC prepares students to enter the work force prepared with foundational as well as specialized knowledge of the criminal justice system including the evolution of society’s philosophies and attitudes concerning punishment and justice. Students examine the history, process, challenges, and policies concerning the process and practice of justice in America. Students have the opportunity to examine evidence-based approaches to making successful public policy changes which have begun to affect the process of justice from investigation to prosecution of crime and from sentencing to societal reentry of prisoners.
At Eastern Nazarene College students within the Criminal Justice major will complete core requirements that will expand their knowledge of the theories and psychology linked to criminal justice, criminal justice professions, public policy and their relationship to the criminal justice system, law and court procedures, and more, to ensure that they fully understand the field that they are entering into.
If you’re looking to tailor your Criminal Justice degree to be fully prepared for your career, you’ll have the option of choosing from the following tracks:
- General Track
- Advocacy Track
- Law Enforcement Track
- Legal Track
- Psychology & Social Relations Track
Students who choose the general track will grow their knowledge of the criminal justice system in a well-rounded and inclusive way. By taking courses such as Introduction to Crime, Law and Justice, Conflict Resolution, Criminology and Victimology and more, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system.
This track focuses on victim, child and community advocacy. Students within this track will learn the roles and responsibilities of advocates within the judicial system, the legislative process and the community. By taking courses such as Social Psychology, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Child Development, Adolescent Development and more. Students who graduate from this track are fully prepared for their future careers in advocacy. Students that select the advocacy track have been interested in pursuing careers as victim/witness/domestic violence advocates, child advocates, officers of juvenile justice, and prisoner reentry specialists.
Law Enforcement Track
Students who choose this track will expand their knowledge of the criminal justice system from a law enforcement standpoint. Courses such as Human Diversity, Conflict Resolution, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Law and Justice, Policing and Investigation, Criminology and Victimology and more prepare students to enter into the Law Enforcement field prepared and knowledgeable. Students that select the law enforcement track tend to be interested in working in the roles of police, corrections, federal agents, and other public service positions.
This track brings together criminal justice and law. By completing courses in both areas, students gain a thorough understanding of how the two systems work together. Students within this track complete courses like Advocacy, Critical Thinking and Logic, Advocacy and Criminology and Victimology to ensure they gain the skills and knowledge needed to pursue their careers. Students that adopt the legal track have frequently been interested in attending law school post-graduation.
Psychology & Social Relations Track
This track combines criminal justice and the psychology and social relations around it. This track is designed for students to gain a solid understanding of both criminal justice and psychology and social relations. Students within this track will complete courses such as Criminology and Victimology, Law, Courts and Procedures, Social Psychology and Abnormal Psychology and more so they may gain a well-rounded view of criminal justice, psychology and social relations.
Program Requirements and Course Descriptions
See all the details about program requirements and course descriptions in the ENC Course Catalog:
Students participate in internships and field experience at public law enforcement and justice agencies such as Norfolk, Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, and Plymouth County District and Superior Courts and Probation Departments, Massachusetts Parole Board, the Massachusetts Department of Correction, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth, Middlesex, and Essex County Sheriff’s Departments, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Community Corrections Agencies, Regional Commissions of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, Quincy and Weymouth Police Departments, various out of state law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, South Carolina, California, and Florida, as well as private companies including the Boston’s TD Garden, law firms, physical and personal security agencies, and several non-profit community and human service agencies, among others.
Crime Law and Justice students have chosen careers in policing, corrections, law, and federal agencies, and as financial crimes investigators in the banking industry, school adjustment counselors, correction, probation, parole, and court officers, conservation wardens, paralegals, counter-terrorism investigators, border patrol, Marshals, computer crimes investigators, juvenile court clinicians, correctional treatment staff, court advocates, public policy analysts, community agency counselors, residential and transitional program coordinators, human service advocates, social justice grassroots program developers, and many other justice-related professions.
For many students, attending graduate school has been a chosen path after graduation. ENC graduates have attended schools such as Albany Medical College, Salem State University, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Boston, and Lowell, Boston University, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Drexel University, University of New England, Suffolk University, Temple University School of Medicine, College of Staten Island, James Cook University Medical School, Georgia Tech, Northeastern University, Emory University, Indiana University, University of South Alabama, University of Pittsburgh, University of New Hampshire, University of Maryland, Merrimack College, and the University of Vermont.
For course descriptions, requirements, focus areas, options, and other program details see the full current undergraduate catalog.
Upon completion of the BA in Crime, Law, and Justice, graduates will be able to:
- Differentiate between the major characteristics of the American Judicial system and identify historical and current issues pertaining to the system.
- Identify accuracy of media/tv/film/music portrayals of the criminal justice system.
- Evaluate and identify how criminological theories have evolved based upon political, cultural, and social views, historical events, and advances in science.
- Utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate and discuss a criminal justice topic in depth, conducting primary and secondary research and data collection.
- Apply research methods in a group project, collecting and analyzing original data.
- Objectively discuss social justice issues including proportionality of punishment from Christian, historical and contemporary perspectives.
- Examine and analyze legislative history, intent, and current status of a current proposed bill.
- Engage in fieldwork that provides an opportunity to integrate theory with practice.
- Capture new photographs representing privilege, oppression, and social justice and explain why/how these pictures are reflective of the concepts.
- Write a research paper applying APA writing style and they present their findings to the class orally.
- Critically analyze conflict and implement appropriate resolution methods.
- Appreciate the application of ethics, Christian values in the conflict resolution process.
- Integrate Christian principles with their plans for future work in fields such as advocacy, corrections, law, or policing.
- Strengthen their sense of social and civic responsibility.
- Work collaboratively with traditional and non-traditional peers to understand and solve problems in a more inclusive way, including resolving underlying issues leading to conflict and problems in the community.
- Apply their Christian values including service to others to become more helpful, curious and motivated to imagine alternative solutions to positively affect change in the lives of people who have been traditionally marginalized by society.
- Become aware of the importance of diversity in the criminal justice system workplace and develop an appreciation for the variety of perspectives that cultural awareness provides in progressing towards a fair and equal process of justice.
- Demonstrate the ability to engage in respectful conversations across dominant social identities and reflect upon and evaluate personal assumptions.