Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for a broad spectrum of careers in criminal justice and public service, with special emphasis on areas that contribute to the resiliency and sustainability of our global society. Part of Bay State College's forward-thinking curriculum focused on innovation, globalization, entrepreneurship, and social good, this program provides students with a unique educational opportunity to explore and think critically about the needs of government, private, and non-profit entities today and into the future. Students engage in experiential learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom as they prepare themselves to meet the challenges on both domestic and international levels.

Program Objectives

Students who major in Criminal Justice will be prepared to:

  • Understand their place in the historical development of the rule of law, the role of government, the policing of society and our systems and philosophies of justice from a world-view perspective.
  • Analyze the two schools of criminology, Classical and Positivist, and their associated theories relative to the causes and cures of criminality.
  • Demonstrate the empathy, cultural sensitivity and knowledge of the humanities necessary to guide victims and offenders, their families and the community towards restorative justice.
  • Apply substantive and procedural criminal law to situations and events existing or likely to occur based upon trends or cultural shifts in our modern world.
  • Trace the historical development and current use of technology to monitor, prevent, and investigate criminal activity and be able to critically analyze the degree to which technological advance in the field of criminal justice positively or negatively impacts the human condition.
  • Trace the origins and historical development of forensic science to be familiar with scientific methods used to collect and analyze evidence in criminal investigations.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the processing of criminal cases and offenders from the investigation state to community corrections, incarceration and offender re-entry into society.

Program Start Dates

  • Start Dates:  
    Summer 2021 Term 1 (May 17)
    Summer 2021 Term 2 (July 5)
    Fall 2021 Term 1 (August 30)
    Fall 2021 Term 2 (October 25)
    Spring 2022 Term 1 (January 10)
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions 

Degree Requirements

Admission of students to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is based upon the general admission requirements of Bay State College. Transfer into the Criminal Justice program requires a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average for Associates and a 2.3 cumulative grade point average for Bachelors. A minimum grade of "D-" is required for all core and program courses.

Core Curriculum 

Complete the Core Curriculum consisting of ten courses.

Major Courses

  • Foundation Courses 
    • CRI 101A: Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CRI 207: Civil Rights, Liberties, and Criminal Procedure
    • CRI 111: U.S. Courts and Criminal Law
    • CRI 203A: Functions of Police in a Modern Society
    • CRI 308: United States Correction Systems and Processes
    • CRI 217A: Forensics
    • CRI 313: Criminology
    • CRI 499A: Criminal Justice Internship
    • CRI 490: Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar

Criminal Justice Concentrations
Select one of the following concentrations

  • Cloud Security
  • Domestic and International Security
  • Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

Criminal Justice Degree Accreditation


Bay State College is is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE, formerly NEASC). The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont). Membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet the standards agreed upon by qualified educators. Bay State College is authorized to award the following degrees by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Science.