Prepare for a high-powered career in domestic or international security with a major in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security from Dean College.

Program Overview

From local businesses to international consulting, criminal justice and homeland security boast some of today’s highest-growth jobs. As a Criminal Justice and Homeland Security major at Dean, you’ll develop an understanding of core principles in the field and learn to tackle evolving cyber-related security threats.

Dean College offers a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, as well as a bachelor’s and associate degree in Criminal Justice. You can choose a concentration in your area of interest:

You’ll study various aspects of security industries and other fields, while building leadership skills that will prepare you to serve the community in either the public or private sector. Every course has a practical application. You’ll learn:

  • Core principles of national and international criminal justice and homeland security management
  • Strong leadership skills needed to manage security-related operations and activities
  • Principles of security systems, equipment, technologies and cybersecurity
  • Emergency response and security plans for major events

Faculty members are also practitioners in law enforcement, federal government or the U.S. intelligence community, giving you valuable insight to their firsthand experience working in the field.

Dean College student coding at a computer

About Cybersecurity

Hear from an expert in the field about the growing industry of cybersecurity and what it takes to build a successful career.

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College student working as a police officer You’ll have ample opportunity to practice your skills in real-world settings and interact with working professionals.

As a Criminal Justice and Homeland Security major, you’ll meet with seasoned experts in the field through campus visits and unique experiential learning opportunities to explore potential career paths. You’ll solve real criminal justice or homeland security challenges for local companies as a consultant. And you’ll have the opportunity to complete an internship on campus, in the community or with a number of organizations, such as FEMA, FedEx, Securitas, TeamOps, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, The Kraft Group and various state and local police departments throughout New England and beyond.

With a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, you’ll be prepared to enter graduate school or start a career in a fast-growing area such as:

  • Department of Homeland Security 
  • FBI
  • U.S. intelligence community 
  • Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies
  • Emergency response
  • Private and nonprofit groups
  • Corporate security 

Uniquely Dean

A Dean College student learning during a Criminal Justice and Homeland Security class. Build your skills and pursue your interests through the Dean College Criminal Justice and Homeland Security program’s unique programming.
  • Interact with security field practitioners in the classroom, including New England Patriots and New England Revolution security executives. 
  • Enjoy access to Gillette Stadium and other Kraft Sports + Entertainment facilities as a laboratory for learning.
  • Gain valuable experience through the Dr. Pietro (Pete) Savo Criminal Justice Internship with the Franklin Police Department.
  • Earn certificates in areas such as cybersecurity and aggression management through your coursework.
  • Learn from field practitioners who offer insights and share their experiences through Dean Leadership Institute’s unique programs and events, including the Executive Lecture Series and Leadership in Action series.
  • Network with industry leaders, gain exclusive learning opportunities and pursue internships through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management.
  • Work with professors who are also experienced practitioners. Dean College was ranked #5 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges, North category.

Criminal Justice

Course Number Course Title Credits
CRM 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM 205 Criminology: Theories of Crime 3
CRM 218 Law Enfrocement and Society 3
CRM CS 304 White Collar Crime 3
HLS 330 Certified Aggression Manager 3
HLS 401 Crisis and Emergency Response Systems 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 9
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
CRM 231 Courts and Criminal Procedures 3
CRM 313 Corrections 3
CRM 324 Juvenile Justice 3
CRM 452 Criminal Investigations 3
CRM CS 100 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
CRM CS 102 Cybersecurity Defense in Depth 3
CRM CS 405 Cybersecurity Investigations and Case Study 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
Total Credits 57

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOC 113 Introduction to Sociology 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 24
Total Credits 24

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22

Homeland Security

Course Number Course Title Credits
CRM 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM 205 Criminology: Theories of Crime 3
CRM 218 Law Enfrocement and Society 3
CRM CS 304 White Collar Crime 3
HLS 330 Certified Aggression Manager 3
HLS 401 Crisis and Emergency Response Systems 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 9
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
HLS 126 Security and Risk Management 3
HLS 305 Security Systems Planning and Operations 3
HLS 310 Emergency Management Planning 3
HLS 495 Vulnerabilities and Threats 3
ACCT 103 OR ECO 150 Financial Accounting or Principles of Economics 3
BUS 123 Foundations of Business 3
BUS 230 Principles of Management 3
BUS 341 Data Analysis and Decision Making 3
Total Credits 57

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 24
Total Credits 24

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22