Skip to content
Apply

We designed our undergraduate program to meet the diverse interests of students. The paths below are tailored to help you find popular majors, classes, co-ops, and research opportunities that align with your current interests and long-term goals.

What Do You Want To Do?

We compiled examples of different paths students choose through our undergraduate program, noting popular majors, classes, co-op opportunities, research involvement, and future career interests for these students. There are many more possibilities. To begin plotting your own path, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor Heather (Cullen) Stellberger.

Some students are interested in understanding, investigating, and stopping crime. In particular, students are often interested in advanced expertise or cutting-edge skills. This includes the psychology of crime, cybercrime and cybersecurity, white collar crime investigation, corporate security, and national security. These areas are also of particular interest to employers.

Popular Majors

● Criminal Justice
● Criminal Justice and Psychology
● Criminal Justice and Cybersecurity
● Criminal Justice and Journalism
● Criminal Justice and Computer science

Popular Classes

● CRIM 3040 Psychology of Crime
● CRIM 3010 Criminal Violence
● CRIM 3050 Organized Crime
● CRIM 3400 Corporate Security: Securing the Private Sector
● CRIM 3500 Policing a Democratic Society
● CRIM 3070 Corporate and White-Collar Crime
● CRIM 4040 Crime Prevention
● CRIM 4500 Police Strategy
● CRIM 4630 Political Crime and Terrorism
● CRIM 4800 Crime Mapping

Additional Class Suggestions

● FINA 2201 Financial Management
● CY 2550 Foundations of Cybersecurity
● POLS 3420 U.S. National Security Policy

Popular Co-op Experiences

Boston Private, Financial Intelligence Research Assistant
● Fidelity Investments, Investigator
●  Liberty Mutual Insurance, Compliance Investigator
●  TJX Companies, Loss Prevention Investigations Analyst

Get Involved with SCCJ Faculty Doing Relevant Research

● Anthony Braga: models of policing, crime prevention
● James Alan Fox: mass murders, serial murders
● Carlos Cuevas: psychology, hate crimes
Cassie McMillan: social networks and crime
● Nikos Passas: white collar crime, financial crime
● Glenn Pierce: national security
● Jacob Stowell: crime mapping
● Brandon Welsh: crime prevention

Some students are interested in building a foundation for law school. Some hope to pursue a career in criminal law as a prosecutor, defense attorney, or judge, while others are interested in other areas of the law or politics.

Popular Majors

● Criminal Justice
● Criminal Justice and Philosophy
● Criminal Justice and Political Science
● History and Criminal Justice
● English and Criminal Justice

Popular Classes

● CRIM 2100 Criminal Due Process
● CRIM 2310 Courts. The Third Branch of Government
● CRIM 3100 Criminal Law
● CRIM 4100 Juvenile Law
● CRIM 4120 Courts and Sentencing
● CRIM 4710 Law and Psychology

Additional Class Suggestions

● LPSC 2301 Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society
● POLS 3406 International Law
● POLS 3324 Law and Society

Popular Co-op Experiences

● United States Attorney’s Office (Boston or Southern District of New York), Legal Support
● Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Attorney General, Assistant Investigator, Medicaid Fraud Division
● Swartz and Swartz, Legal Co-op/Office assistant

Get Involved with SCCJ Faculty Doing Relevant Research

Amy Farrell: administration of justice
Kevin Drakulich: justice, law, and politics
Simon Singer: justice, law, and crime
Nikos Passas: law and transnational crimes
Roderick Ireland: principles of law

Some of our students are interested in justice policy with the broader goal of helping fix or reform the criminal justice system. They hope to work with politicians, policymakers and researchers, advocacy groups, and other political organizations to effect change and address systemic problems in our laws and justice systems.

Popular Majors

● Criminal Justice
● Criminal Justice and Political Science
● Criminal Justice and Sociology
● Criminal Justice and Journalism

Popular Classes

● CRIM 1700 Crime, Media, and Politics
● CRIM 1300 Death Penalty
● CRIM 3300 Punishment in the Age of Mass Incarceration
● CRIM 4020 Race, Crime, and Justice
● CRIM 7210 Gender, Crime, and Justice

Additional Class Suggestions

● AFAM 1101 Introduction to African-American Studies
● AFAM 2339 Analysis of American Racism
● SOCL 4522 Political Ecology and Environmental Justice

Popular Co-op Experiences

● U.S. Probation Office, Southern District of New York
● United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi’s Office
● Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Homicide Unit Intern
● Massachusetts State Senate, Legislative Intern, Office of State Senator Sal DiDomenico

Get Involved with SCCJ Faculty Doing Relevant Research

Anthony Braga: violence reduction, firearms access
Rod K. Brunson: race and policing; police-community relations
Jack McDevitt: bias in policing, gun violence
Amy Farrell: justice system bias
Megan Denver: consequences of incarcerations, criminal record stigma
Kevin Drakulich: race and justice, politics of crime
Natasha Frost: punishment and social control, mass incarceration
Ramiro Martinez: immigration, race/ethnicity, and violence
Jacob Stowell: immigration and crime
Glenn Pierce: death penalty

Some students are hoping to help victims of crime as well as those harmed by their contact with the criminal justice system. They hope to work with vulnerable populations, be involved in victim advocacy groups and victim assistance programs and help those who are incarcerated as well as those transitioning from prison.

Popular Majors

● Criminal Justice
● Criminal Justice and Human Services
● Criminal Justice and Psychology
● Criminal Justice and Sociology

Popular Classes

● CRIM 1400 Human Trafficking
● CRIM 3200 Youth Crime and Justice
● CRIM 3540 Addiction and Recovery
● CRIM 4660 Communities and Crime

Additional Class Recommendations

● AFAM 2360 Politics of Poverty
● INSH  2101 Love and Hate: Social, Psychological, and Literary Approaches
● SOCL 3100 Gender, Social Justice, and Transnational Activism

Popular Co-op Experiences

● Prisoner’s Legal Services
● MA- Office of Attorney General, Victim Witness co-op
● Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County- Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) co-op
● Community Resources for Justice

Get Involved with SCCJ Faculty Doing Relevant Research

Amy Farrell: victims of human trafficking, hate crime victims
Carlos Cuevas: victimization and trauma; intimate partner violence, hate crime victims
Jack McDevitt: hate crime victims
Kevin Drakulich: communities and crime
Cassie McMillan: juvenile delinquency
Daniel T. O’Brien: urban informatics, crime, and justice
Simon Singer: adolescent offenders and juvenile justice
Greg Zimmerman: communities and crime

Some students focus on national security as well as the administration of justice and protection of human rights on a global scale. They may pursue careers in the Interpol, United Nations, Department of Justice, and similar organizations.

Popular Majors

● Criminal Justice
● Criminal Justice and International Affairs

Popular Classes

● CRIM 1400 Human Trafficking
● CRIM 1500 Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability
● CRIM 3030 Global Criminology
● CRIM 3060 Political Crime and Terrorism

Additional Class Recommendations

● POLS 3423 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
● INTL 3300 Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
● AFAM 2639 Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights

Popular Co-op Experiences

● Interpol (co-op in Washington D.C.)
● International Institute for Counterterrorism (global co-op in Israel)
● Rwanda National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG)
● US Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Office (NYC and Boston)

Get Involved with SCCJ Faculty Doing Relevant Research

Ekaterina Botchkovar: global and comparative criminology
Amy Farrell: human trafficking
Phil He: comparative criminology and criminal justice
Ineke Marshall: comparative and international criminology and crime policy
Nikos Passas: anti-corruption, integrity, and accountability