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The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice prepares students intellectually and ethically to understand, predict, and explain crime, and contribute to the development of public policy within urban communities. SCCJ is housed within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University.

Undergraduate Education

Our students develop intellectually and ethically while engaging with the curriculum through hands-on experience. SCCJ offers a bachelor of science, unique combined majors, and the ability to minor for those whose interests extend beyond the components of the criminal justice system.

Graduate Education

SCCJ is action-oriented. We confront challenges like opioid abuse, human trafficking, internet fraud, and racial profiling with strategies fueled by multidisciplinary collaboration and groundbreaking research. To get involved, students can pursue a master’s degree, doctoral degree, or unique combined degrees with Northeastern’s School of Law.

A Research University

We are home to several research centers and initiatives that are engaged in shaping criminal justice policies and programs at all levels of government. Students in all of our degree programs have the chance to interact closely with the faculty, collaborating on research and scholarship that improves practice and advances justice.

Experiential Learning Philosophy

SCCJ promises exciting and challenging real-world experiences to enrich classroom learning and provide students with a competitive advantage upon graduation, whether it be through co-op, service learning, or directed studies.

Diversity and Inclusion

During the summer of 2020, SCCJ and our associated research institutes began working to reaffirm our commitment to anti-racism and more purposefully address issues of racial justice throughout our unit.

World Class Faculty

Our faculty lead groundbreaking research on topics like crime prevention, gang violence, police bias, victimization, human trafficking, mass incarceration, and juvenile delinquency. With a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary collaboration, SCCJ scholars pursue quantitative and qualitative insights to guide policy reforms and more effective law enforcement. Students of our programs benefit from this expertise, not only in their classes, but also through individualized mentorship and opportunities to participate in multigenerational research projects.

Director’s Welcome

Director’s Welcome

Read Director Amy Farrell’s welcome letter to new and prospective students.

Director’s Welcome