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 an 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.

Dean College professor working with a student

Dean R. Sanders ’47 School of Business Faculty

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

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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