Criminal Justice careers are among the fastest-growing in the U.S. economy. The Dean College Criminal Justice program is structured to provide you the basic knowledge and skills necessary to enter directly into the field.

From an acute knowledge of the justice system to managing social situations and understanding criminal conduct, you will have a full grasp of all the technology, information, and skills required for professionals in this fast-paced and ever-changing field.

Program Overview 

With the Criminal Justice program at Dean College, you will find the knowledge and insights you need to succeed in this growing profession. Every course has a practical application geared towards building your skills with faculty members who are also senior practitioners, giving you plenty of real-world insights. You will learn:

  • Core principles of national and international criminal justice, security management, homeland security, cybersecurity, and intelligence community
  • Strong leadership skills needed to manage security-related operations and activities
  • Mastering the latest advances in security systems, equipment, technologies, and cybersecurity practices
  • Gain experience working with a juvenile population in any capacity (i.e., sports teams, summer camp counselor, parks and recreation programs, and community/religious youth groups)
  • Gain related experience in employment interviewing, social casework, substance abuse, and rehabilitation

Beyond the Classroom 

You will practice your skills in real-world settings and interact with working professionals.

  • Law Enforcement career development begins from day one, students’ network, learning, and experiences beyond classroom instruction.
  • Complete an internship on campus or in the community.
  • Solve real criminal justice challenges for local companies as a consultant.
  • Learn from senior field practitioners who offer insights and share their experiences through the Dean Leadership Institute.

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice prepares you to enter graduate school or start a career in a fast-growing area such as:

  • Federal, state, or local Law Enforcement Officer
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • United States Secret Service (USSS)
  • Diplomatic Security Service (DSS)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • U.S. Intelligence Community (IC)
  • United States Marshals Service (USMS)
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations
  • Federal Protective Service (FPS)
  • Central Intelligence Agency Security Protective Service (CIA SPS)
  • National Security Agency Police (NSA Police)
  • Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS)
  • United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
  • United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG)
  • National Security Agency Police (NSA Police)
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • United States Probation Service (USPO)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • State and Federal Prisons, Local Corrections Facilities
  • Private Security Corporations and Protective Service
  • Private Investigative Services
  • Emergency Response
  • Corporate security

Uniquely Dean

A Dean College student studying in the library. Discover the unique programming that the Dean College Criminal Justice program has to offer.
  • Integrated theoretical learning with hands-on experience in the field.
  • You will interact with security field practitioners in the classroom, including the New England Patriots and New England Revolution security executives.
  • You will work with professors who are also experienced practitioners. 
  • At Dean, you can enjoy access to Gillette Stadium and other Kraft Sports + Entertainment facilities as a laboratory for learning.
  • Primary engagement with The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management
  • Dean College was ranked #6 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges, North category. 

Degree Offerings 

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Associate Degree

Criminal Justice

Course Number Course Title Credits
CRM 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM 205 Criminology: Theories of Crime 3
CRM 218 Law Enforcement 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 2020-21