Criminal Justice

A major and a minor are offered in Criminal Justice.

The Franklin Pierce Difference

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While pursuing their studies at Franklin Pierce students often work part-time as
University security officers or police officers. Most students complete a voluntary
criminal justice internship in their hometown between their junior and senior years.

The Criminal Justice Major at Franklin Pierce University is rooted in the liberal arts and a commitment to provide the theoretical foundations for graduates to succeed in law enforcement, the judicial system and corrections.

Attention is given to issues of gender, religion, race and cultural differences so graduates can work constructively toward crime prevention with full knowledge of the social dynamics at work in diverse populations.

Students not only learn social science methodologies, but they utilize coursework in the liberal arts to become practitioners who are able to critically analyze and work toward solving significant social problems related to crime, security and justice.

Course Details

Coursework focuses on career roles, interactions between various populations and the criminal justice system, and the social forces that contribute to order, conflict and positive social change. The curriculum provides a theoretical foundation of the discipline, combined with practical understanding of social science methodologies as they apply to criminal justice.

Required courses include Police Work, Juvenile Justice, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Deviance and Social Control. In addition, students are encouraged to apply knowledge gained from their coursework to potential future employment possibilities through credited internships in criminal justice related agencies.

I completed a summer internship at the Terrorism Research Center in Arlington, Virginia where I conducted preliminary overviews for background investigations. I also focused on terrorist groups and activity in Western Europe. It was a great experience and networking opportunity, since my goal is to work in law enforcement in Washington, D.C.

— Joshua Marker ‘09, Lockport, NY, Criminal Justice and Psychology major

Want to know more?

Program Sheet ThumbnailDownload a Criminal Justice Program Sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.


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Jefferson Allen
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
B.S., St. Anselm College
M.S., Boston University
J.D., New England School of Law

Jean Dawson
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
B.A., M.S., University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

J. Forbes Farmer
Professor of Sociology/Social Work and Counseling/Criminal Justice
B.A.,University of New Hampshire
M.A., Atlanta University
Ph.D., Boston University

Jerome Levine
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.Ed., Lesley College
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Alan Rachlin
Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., State University of New York at Cortland
M.A., Arizona State University
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo