Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree:

Unlock career opportunities with a criminal justice degree.

Our Criminal Justice program offers a practical education, with emphasis on specialized criminal justice skills. But Mount Ida’s Criminal Justice degree also emphasizes writing, reasoning, research and analysis—talents that can help you stand out in the criminal justice job market. You’ll enjoy small classes, attentive professors with real-world criminal justice experience, and all the benefits of a private New England college—including active, energetic students, a beautiful campus and close relationships with friends and faculty. By combining hands-on training with traditional academics, our Criminal Justice degree prepares you to compete for jobs in law enforcement, corrections, security, law and other criminal justice careers.

To further expand your knowledge and career options, consider Forensic Science or Psychology as a Minor.

You can also opt to take a Double Major.  Forensic Science and Psychology are excellent choices.

Mount Ida criminal justice majors have access to an unusually strong set of professional internship opportunities. You’ll find a rich variety of internships in nearby Boston, a world-class city with top-notch criminal justice operations at the federal, state and local levels.

Completed during the junior and senior years, criminal justice internships enable you to build your resume, develop job-ready criminal justice skills, and establish professional relationships that can lead directly to postgraduate employment.

You can also gain work experience in homeland security, which integrates criminal justice and national defense resources.

As a private college with a traditional academic focus, Mount Ida offers a comprehensive Criminal Justice degree. You’ll take courses in a wide variety of subjects, including psychology, literature and the arts, ethics, statistics—even meditation. You’ll also take focused, career-oriented criminal justice classes that cover every aspect of modern criminal justice, including:

  • Criminology
  • Policing
  • Criminal law
  • Corrections and courts
  • Probation and parole
  • Crime investigation and analysis
  • Security
  • Juvenile justice

The criminal justice degree requires 120 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 36 credits in criminal justice
  • 42 credits in arts, sciences and humanities
  • 42 credits in all-college curriculum courses and open electives

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • CJ 235 – Drug Interactions and Criminal Behavior Patterns
  • CJ 323 – Criminal Profiling Strategies

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


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One of the nation’s fastest-growing academic disciplines, criminal justice offers outstanding professional opportunities. Criminal justice graduates can work for local agencies (such as municipal police departments, transit authorities, housing authorities, and college campuses), state employers (including highway patrol, state bureaus of investigation, port authorities, and parks/wildlife agencies), or the federal government (including the FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, or Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives).

In addition, a criminal justice bachelor’s degree can prepare you for graduate studies in law, forensics, criminal justice, courts and corrections, social work and other disciplines.