Your Criminal Justice Experience Starts Here

Criminal Justice Majors and Minors

Through our curriculum, criminal justice majors will be able to understand, predict, and explain crime and contribute to the development of public policy within communities. Our students will develop intellectually and ethically while engaging with the curriculum through hands-on experience. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, we also offer unique combined majors and the ability to minor for those whose interests extend beyond the components of the criminal justice system. Minors can also specialize further in their elective courses. These may include courses in security, policing, corrections, and juvenile justice. A minor in criminology and criminal justice in combination with a student’s major can enhance the student’s career possibilities.


The Northeastern Difference

Experiential Learning

Northeastern criminal justice majors and minors have the unique opportunity to engage with their studies outside the classroom through the university’s experiential learning model, which emphasizes applied experience. Our undergraduates will cycle through semesters of on-ground classes and semesters of paid, full-time positions in relevant industries. This occurs through cooperative education (co-ops), research, global opportunities, and service-learning. Frequently, students who excel in their co-op placements are offered full-time positions to continue their work after graduation in diverse and exciting fields, including corrections, courts, human services, investigations, juvenile justice, law, loss prevention, security, social services, and more. Read more about experiential learning to view possible co-op placements, cutting-edge criminal justice research, service-learning partnerships, and more.

Criminal Justice Student Alexa Lambros

Student Pathways

“This course was not only the perfect topic for my interests, but it covered an extremely large spectrum of theories on a wide variety of crime. Two years later, I still refer to my notes from that class when I’m pondering different psychological theories of crime – whether in relation to another class or simply for personal interest.”

– Alexa Lambros, Criminal Justice/Psychology BS
on CRIM3040 “Psychology of Crime”


Student Pathways demonstrate the variety of opportunities available to students and the versatility of a degree in criminal justice. See what previous students thought of the criminal justice program at Northeastern, including an inside look at co-op experiences, favorite courses, influential professors, transformative coursework, and much more.

Student Learning Outcomes

Through our curriculum, we anticipate students will gain the ability to:

  • Describe the elements of the criminal justice system and understand their historical development as social responses to crime
  • Identify and apply theories of the causes of crime and theories of organizational responses to crime
  • Apply the fundamentals of legal reasoning and the development of case law to doctrines of criminal law and constitutional law
  • Understand and appropriately apply tools of research design and statistics to test theories and evaluate the effectiveness of criminal justice programs and policies
  • Clearly communicate knowledge verbally and in writing


Academic-related Questions?

Heather Cullen, Academic Advisor

Curriculum-related Questions?

Kevin Drakulich, Undergraduate Director

Co-op-related Questions?

Michelle Zaff, Co-op Coordinator