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Beyond the Classroom

Community Outreach

The department’s Community Advisory Board brings together community activists with representatives of non-profit agencies and governmental entities to oversee internships, employment opportunities, faculty research and advocacy efforts. In addition, several faculty members teach classes at local prisons.


Internships offer criminal justice students the opportunity to gain real-world experience at organizations ranging from probation departments, police departments and the Department of Corrections, to law offices, victim service agencies and the Department of Youth Services. Internships also provide an opportunity to fulfill the senior project requirement for undergraduates. 

Learn more about Bridgewater’s internship program.

Undergraduate Research

Criminal justice students at Bridgewater undertake ambitious research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. These projects offer students the opportunity to delve into a topic of their choosing, demonstrating their ability to work independently and flex their analytical skills before graduation. Students present their research at university, regional and national conferences.

Learn more about undergraduate research at Bridgewater.

Criminal Justice Student Organization

The CJSO organizes and promotes events that build awareness of crime prevention and give students an opportunity to apply the skills and theories learned in the classroom to make a difference in the community in which they live and study.