Criminal justice is a broad field, encompassing everything from traditional work in local law enforcement, courts, and corrections to privately run non-profit intervention and prevention programs. Graduates from Fisher College’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program enter the workforce with a strong social science background that prepares them for traditional criminal justice careers, careers as crime analysts and policy analysts, and further education at the graduate level.
The program incorporates core foundational topics that provide an overview of the criminal justice system with advanced coursework in criminology, research and statistics, and ethics as well as a variety of interesting program electives and special topics courses. Students are exposed to the interdisciplinary nature of the field through courses such as Forensic Psychology and Psychology of the Criminal Mind, which illustrate the role of psychology in the criminal justice system; and courses such as Social Justice, Race, and Gender that illustrate the role of sociology in the criminal justice system.
The Criminal Justice Program at Fisher College has a strong co-curricular component. Students have the opportunity to engage in criminal justice research with the Center for Leadership in Public Service where students and faculty have recently conducted research on hate crimes and sexual assault. Students also have had the opportunity to co-author and co-present scholarly research at both regional (Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting and the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts Annual Meeting) and national (American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting) conferences. In the last two years, students have attended a variety of events that focus on experiential learning and networking:
- Hate Crime Symposium
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Clothesline Project
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s Consent Workshop
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s Bystander Training
- Sexual Assault Survivor Speaker
- Damien Echols (West Memphis Three) speaking engagement
- “Scenes of a Crime” Documentary Viewing and Question & Answer Session
- Tours of the Norfolk County House of Corrections Tour, Nashua Street Jail and South Bay House of Corrections Tour
- Career Speakers from Salem District Court Probation Department, Forensic Psychologist, and Crime Analyst