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Criminal Justice Department

For a small school, we have a large footprint in all fields of criminal justice at the local, state and national level

As one of the best criminal justice schools in Massachusetts, Westfield State has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of our curriculum and the quality of our graduates in the workforce. We offer you experienced and committed faculty and an impressive internship program that offers a wide range of field placements at the federal, state and local levels.

What makes us great

  • Strong connections with agencies throughout Massachusetts and the federal government
  • 3+3 law program with UMass Law
  • Largest criminal justice career fair in New England held on campus each year
  • Small class size creates a personalized learning environment
  • Criminal Justice Hall of Fame inducts 8 alumni per year
  • Faculty experts in homeland security, religious extremism, law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation, criminal law, juvenile justice, gangs, multinational crime, & crime mapping who are dedicated to teaching and advising students

Department Announcements

Student Information

Application for Admission (PDF)

Application for admission to the program for current students

Criminal Justice Internships

Experience work in a criminal justice agency


Criminal Justice advising instructions

Instructions for Potential Internal Transfers to the Criminal Justice Major

Requirements, recommendation, and process info


Answers to important questions for Criminal Justice majors

General Resources

Learning Objectives

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Fact Sheet

Admission, requirements, internships, graduate and faculty info

CJ Hall of Fame Honorees

A complete listing our our honorees


By completing a blend of courses in theory and practice, students have a broad view of the criminal justice system that fosters an educated understanding of the social, political, and economic influences on our courts, police agencies, probation and parole offices, and prisons.

  • Police
  • Probation and parole
  • Corrections
  • Law and intelligence work


75+ internship placements each semester at federal, state and local levels.

All qualified Criminal Justice majors have the opportunity to work in a criminal justice agency during their senior year for 3 or 6 Criminal Justice elective credits. Student Internships have been available in almost every area of the country in agencies representing each of the subsystems of the criminal justice system.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Criminal Justice Club

    The Criminal Justice Club provides students with information concerning the numerous and varied fields within the criminal justice system.