Prepare for a successful career in law enforcement at the local, state or federal levels with a degree in Criminal Justice from Dean College.

Program Overview 

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 criminal justice field, including law enforcement; courts and corrections; working with at-risk or court-involved children, teens or adults; counseling and case management; forensics and so much more.

Dean College offers a bachelor’s degree and associate degree in Criminal Justice, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. 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.

You'll develop an understanding of the social and historical contexts as well as legal, political and economic factors that influence the criminal justice system and the people who are impacted by it. You’ll learn directly from faculty members who are also senior practitioners in the law enforcement and federal government fields, giving you plenty of real-world insights. Every course you’ll take has a practical application geared towards building your skills in criminal justice, security and leadership. You will:

  • Study core principles of national and international criminal justice, security management, homeland security, cybersecurity, and intelligence community
  • Build strong leadership skills needed to manage security-related operations and activities
  • Master 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
Forensics Pre-College Program at Dean College

Forensics Pre-College Summer Program

Designed especially for high school students, our forensics pre-college program offers a great introduction to college life.

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Dean R. Sanders ’47 School of Business Faculty

Gain valuable insights from our faculty, who have firsthand business knowledge as consultants, executives and entrepreneurs.

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 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
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Courses 6
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 60

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
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics 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 27
Total Credits 27

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College students working in a lab Your law enforcement career development begins from day one, with networking, learning and experiences outside the classroom.
  • Complete an internship on campus or in the community, at organizations like TeamOps, The Kraft Group, Patriot Place, police departments at the local, state and federal levels, and so much more.
  • Gain valuable experience through the Dr. Pietro (Pete) Savo Criminal Justice Internship with the Franklin Police Department.
  • 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.

And with a bachelor’s or associate degree in Criminal Justice, you’ll be prepared to continue your education or start a career in a fast-growing area such as:

  • Federal law enforcement, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Secret Service (USSS), Federal Protective Service (FPS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Federal immigration and travel security, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Federal prevention and response, including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Coast Guard
  • Federal mission support, including Science and Technology Directorate, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, National Cybersecurity Center and Office of Intelligence and Analysis
  • Local and state law enforcement and first responders
  • Private agencies and nonprofit organizations


Uniquely Dean

A Dean College student studying in the library. Gain real-world experience and build valuable skills through the Dean College Criminal Justice program.
  • Integrate theoretical learning with hands-on experience in the field.
  • Interact with security field practitioners in the classroom, including the New England Patriots and New England Revolution security executives.
  • Travel to Gillette Stadium, other Kraft Sports + Entertainment facilities and additional local organizations to learn firsthand about event and venue security and so much more.
  • Network with industry leaders, gain exclusive learning opportunities and pursue internships and careers through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management.


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