Department of Criminal Justice
Making and Breaking Laws
The Department of Criminal Justice at Bridgewater State University uses a social justice framework to examine criminal and delinquent behavior and understand the broader social, cultural and legal contexts that play a role in society’s response to crime. Because the U.S. criminal justice system encompasses three major components – law enforcement, the courts and corrections – our undergraduate and graduate students take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of these components.
Our coursework encourages students to think about crime in a broad framework, beyond simply focusing on the offender. Faculty members provide students with a thorough understanding of the various political, legal, social and economic systems that converge around crime and rehabilitation, allowing them to consider the wider implications of an offense and the ways in which our society can more effectively serve communities affected by crime. Students gain essential analytical and research skills that will serve them well in careers in law enforcement, legal professions, government and the private sector.
Alumnus Chris Sparling's journey took him from BSU's Department of Criminal Justice to Hollywood.
Hannah Carpenter, '16, G'18, makes a difference with Plymouth County Outreach as a coordinator for the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative/Americorps program .
After surviving a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in his native Haiti, Olritch Henry, '21, a new Criminal Justice student at BSU, aims to become the first member of his family to earn a college degree.