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Welcome to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Established in 1967, ours is one of the oldest and most prominent programs of its kind in the United States.

Message from the Director

We are a small school in a large university. That means that you have a vast array of options for electives, minors should you choose one, athletics and clubs, while at the same time having most of your classes with fewer than 20-30 students. Students in all of our degree programs have the chance to interact closely with the faculty and join them in research projects. Our nationally and internationally renowned faculty includes specialists in a wide range of areas, such as criminal law, crime in a global context, terrorism, human trafficking, hate crime, serial and mass murder, community policing, juvenile justice, and incarceration and punishment. You will learn from the experts, in class and out.

As a research university, we don’t just pass along knowledge, we create it. In addition to the individual research projects undertaken by the faculty often in collaboration with students, our School features three research facilities—the Center on Crime and Community Resilience, the Institute on Race and Justice, and the Institute on Security and Public Policy—which are engaged in shaping criminal justice policies and programs at all levels of government. We are also home to the George Lewis Ruffin Society, an organization committed to enhancing the representation of people of color in justice system leadership roles.

Our students, through their participation in co-op and our school’s strong commitment to the experiential liberal arts, are systematically exposed to the administration of justice in its many forms on a day-to-day basis in local, state, federal and international agencies, both public and private. Graduating with a year or more of practical work experience in the field of criminal justice will give you a significant advantage in pursuing your career goals.  Also, with over 10,000 graduates occupying leadership positions in all sectors of the criminal justice field, the “Northeastern network,” as our alumni have described it, is a valuable resource. Whatever your interests and career goals, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will prepare you well for professional roles in the justice system, as well as for graduate or law school.

This is a great time to be at Northeastern University as it continues its growth as a national research university that is both student-centered and focused on creating and translating knowledge for global and societal needs. Plus, the Northeastern campus and the city surrounding it offer an exciting environment in which to live and learn. We hope you will join us and experience the Northeastern advantage.

Finally, if you don’t find answers to your questions here, feel free to call us at 617.373.3327 or email us at I’m certain that I or another member of our staff can help. Better yet, arrange to come for a visit; I look forward to the opportunity to meet.

Amy Farrell
Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice