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 tha
t 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.
What makes fisher's program special?
Fisher’s Criminal Justice provides students with access to all of the opportunities found in a big city, with all the benefits of attending a small college. Our largest classes seat 30 students, while most electives and upper level courses are significantly smaller, leading to a real sense of comradery in the program. The majority of our faculty have practical experience in the field ranging from police work, to work with juvenile offenders, to crime analysis. Most of our adjunct faculty continue to work in the field and are excellent sources for students looking to network with criminal justice professionals.
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 provided networking opportunities:
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Clothesline Project, Consent Workshop, Bystander Training and Survivor Speakers
- 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 (and K9-Demonstration) and Fort Devens Federal Medical Center
- Career Speakers such as probation officers, forensic psychologists, cyber crime experts, investigators from Inspector General’s Office and crime analysts
- Attended Massachusetts Association for Criminal Justice Education Conference and American Society of Criminology Conference
- Toured the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center
A small school in a big city means students have a chance to shine. Faculty know the students and their interests well, and consistently work to help students gain the most from their education.