Welcome to the Criminal Justice Studies program.

Drawing on the expertise of several departments across campus, the CJS program provides students with a solid educational foundation in the realms of crime and justice. Through courses and relevant experiences, students critically examine both academic and applied facets of the discipline. Many students are attracted to the CJS program out of personal interest. Others have a desire to gain the background that will assist in a career in criminal justice or a related field. In general, students have found that the minor serves as a useful complement to virtually any major.

The Criminal Justice minor is a great way to explore the numerous opportunities within the growing field of criminal justice. I really enjoyed the content of the criminal justice classes; not only the real world applications but also the hands on experience the professors brought to the classroom. Combined with my interest in psychology, the Criminal Justice minor sparked my passion for crime and the law and readily prepared me for future endeavors, including my pursuit of a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology.

Lynsey McNamara ’14, now a clinical social worker at the RI Department of Corrections