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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

COMBINE THEORY & PRACTICE TO LEAD AND SERVE.

We cultivate a commitment to the principles of justice, ethics, and public service in our students, as well as the necessary leadership skills to become federal agents, lawyers, foreign-service officers, police officers, and game wardens.

As a Criminal Justice major at Norwich, you’ll develop a broad understanding of crime, criminal law, criminal-justice procedures, and the socio-cultural environment in which human behavior occurs. Exceptional faculty, guest lecturers, and field trips showcase the interdependence between theory, research-based knowledge, and practice.

You’ll gain hands-on experience and real-world knowledge through internships with court, correctional, and law-enforcement agencies and receive career counseling and pre-law advising. Many courses incorporate case analyses, police and court observation, simulations and guest lectures by judges, lawyers, correction commissioners, and lawmakers. Internships and work-study opportunities are also available at the Vermont Center for Justice Research.

Further opportunities to extend classroom learning can be found in student clubs, such as the Alpha Phi Sigma honor society and the Criminal Justice Student Association, and through study abroad. We also offer a Criminal Justice minor and specialty minors in Transnational Crime and Cyber Crime and Computer Forensics.

  • Program Details

    The Criminal Justice program at Norwich is the most popular major on campus. Our program emphasizes critical thinking and the importance of evidence-based knowledge in understanding crime policy, programs and practice. Our faculty also strives to cultivate commitment to the principles of justice, ethics, public service and the development of leadership skills. We help prepare our students for leadership positions in the field following graduation. Our program offer special minors in Transnational Crime as well as Cyber Crime and Computer Forensics.

  • Distinguished Faculty

    Norwich Criminal Justice faculty serve widely as committee members and leaders in statewide and national organizations, including four past presidents of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice. We actively publish refereed papers in national academic journals, present papers at national conferences, author books, and serve on editorial boards. Many of us have been recognized as the recipients of research grants, awards from organizations such as the Vermont Women in Higher Education and American Association of University Women, and the most prestigious research award at Norwich—the Board of Fellows Prize. The School of Justice and Sociology is one of only seven university programs nationwide to be affiliated with its state’s criminal justice statistical analysis center.

    Our adjunct faculty members have also achieved distinction through service in major leadership positions. These include posts as the director and deputy director of the Vermont Department of Public Safety and commissioner and deputy commissioner for legal affairs at the Vermont Department of Corrections. Other adjunct faculty members have served as legal counselors for governors or as lawyers in the Attorney General’s Office, the Defender General’s Office, as State Attorneys for Washington County, and as director of the Vermont Criminal Information Center.

  • Career Development

    Our dedicated alumni support the Criminal Justice program at Norwich in many ways. They serve as guest lecturers, share insights about jobs and placement tests, and help organize field trips to federal law enforcement agencies in the nation’s capitol and state criminal justice agencies around New England. Our distinguished alumni also serve as mentors who offer career counseling and actively recruit current majors to their respective criminal justice agencies.

    We offer our own study abroad program to Chengdu, China, an undergraduate research program mentored by professors, career fairs, and an annual CSI Symposium. Students have opportunities for internships at federal agencies and state agencies such as the Attorney General’s Office, Vermont State Police, Fish and Game Department, probation and parole, and motor vehicle enforcement.

  • Student Outcomes

    Criminal Justice majors at Norwich scored in the 80th percentile of the national standardized ETS Field test in criminal justice, in the 75th percentile in four of seven subfields, and in the 86th percentile in law enforcement and the courts system. Graduates get jobs in top leadership positions in criminal justice agencies, go on to law school and graduate school in criminal justice or related fields, get PhDs, receive professional awards, are offered jobs following internships, and obtain jobs in a variety of fields, including law enforcement and government.

  • Criminal Justice Minor

    The minor in criminal justice provides non-majors with a basic background of the system, process and components of criminal justice, criminal law, and the causes and patterns of crime. It enables majors in other programs to learn more about crime and criminal justice and is particularly useful to students in related majors who are considering careers in criminal justice. To earn this minor, students must complete five required courses and one elective, all with a grade of “C” or better.

    For details, see the course catalogue.

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  • Transnational Crime Minor

    This minor is designed to provide students with an introduction to international crime and criminal justice issues, including transnational crime, drug trafficki ng, and global terrorism, and the organizations, laws, and justice practices dedicated to the prevention and control of international criminal activity.

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  • Computer Crime & Forensics Concentration

    Many criminal justice majors seek a concentration in computer crime and forensics offered through the Norwich University School of Business and Management. For prerequisites, course offerings, and a curriculum map, see the Norwich University Course Catalog:

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  • Sociology Minor

    Students pursuing a sociology minor explore the enduring social patterns that characterize societies around the world. Many Criminal Justice majors pursue the sociology minor, as it complements their required studies. However, minors come from programs as diverse as architecture, nursing and studies in war and peace.

    Required courses help participants examine and analyze both American and international societies. Students following this option typically have a strong curiosity about why different groups of people behave in particular ways. Requirements include four required and two elective courses. For details, see the course catalog.

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  • View Catalog

    To view Criminal Justice course offerings and a curriculum map for majors or minors, see the Norwich University academic catalog:

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  • Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice

    Designed for military law enforcement professionals, Norwich's online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program may be just what you need to advance your military career or transition to the civilian workforce. Coursework includes topics such as international law, transnational crime issues, and the toolkit needed to collaborate with foreign military and law enforcement officials.

    Pursue your Masters in Criminal Justice

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Meet Our Criminal Justice Faculty

  • Elizabeth Gurian

    Elizabeth Gurian

    “I teach because I want to develop students' curiosity and understanding of criminal justice. It's important to look beyond the textbooks to explore these topics more thoroughly.” Read More
  • W. Travis Morris

    W. Travis Morris

    “My research is on violent extremism and terrorism. I'm fascinated by how ideas change populations, how ideas can be created and then people can use them as weapons.” Read More
  • Stephanie Maass

    Stephanie Maass

    “The criminal justice system is often bleakly portrayed as a broken system plagued with corruption and high recidivism rates. I look at the system and I see potential.” Read More
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