Criminal Justice

In-Person Degree Information

Explore Issues of Gender, Race, Religion, and Cultural Differences as You Build Your Expertise

If you are interested in law enforcement, criminal law, the court system or social justice, the Criminal Justice major will prepare you for the mental challenge and high stakes problem-solving demanded by careers in these fields. You can work in any part of the country, from small towns to capital cities, doing field or office work depending on your goals.

You will study core concepts of criminal justice. You will develop data collection and analysis skills, as well as speaking, writing and presentation skills. You will apply critical thinking and ethical
principles to contemporary issues in the field.

Coursework in criminal theory, corrections, court procedure, investigations, and issues of gender and racial justice will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in law enforcement, security, criminal
courts, corrections, crime prevention and social services. Many students have gone on to pursue law school and other graduate programs.

A major and minor are offered.

Criminal Justice Club

This educational club will provide you with knowledge about the Criminal Justice world, help you develop contacts and opportunities in this industry, and enable you to raise awareness about crime and justice issues within Franklin Pierce University and the community as a whole.

Alpha Phi Sigma

You have the opportunity to join Pi Beta Ro Franklin Pierce's chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society if you meet national requirements for induction.

Conduct BoardYou have the opportunity to serve on Franklin Pierce's Student Conduct Board.
Serve Alongside Campus Safety Professionals

You have the opportunity to serve alongside Campus Safety professionals as security officers, EMTs and firefighters.

  • Talesha Saint-Marc ’06 was recently named one of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty.” Saint-Marc is a shareholder in Bernstein Shur’s Labor & Employment Practice Group in Manchester, and serves as secretary of the Board of Trustees of Rivier University. While at Franklin Pierce, Saint-Marc participated in everything from peer advising to student government. She remembers what it felt like to attend a rural campus, away from the familiar culture of home. “I went to high school in NH, but for some of the other minority students coming from more urban environments, it was a more of a culture-shock. The college made strong efforts to help students learn about differences and promote issues of interest to minority students.”



  • Casey Seigle '07

    Casey Seigle, a criminal justice major, graduated from Franklin Pierce in 2007 and was immediately hired by the Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department as a patrolman. Recently, Casey has been promoted to the Community Policing Division. In this video, he talks about how his education at Franklin Pierce University helped him to be an effective policeman in situations that require sensitivity to diversity, on-the-spot problem solving and mediation skills.

    Casey Seigle '07 

    Police Officer, Manchester Police Department 

  • Sarah Blackman '16

    Sarah Blackman describes her growth as a student of criminal justice and as an intern at the Cheshire County House of Corrections in Keene, NH.

    Sarah Blackman '16 

    Graduate of Franklin Pierce University 

  • Brad Arena '14

    Criminal Justice major Brad Arena recently graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2014. He describes how studying Criminal Justice, interning with the Boston office of the FBI and getting involved in campus clubs and activities impacted his life.

    Brad Arena '14

    Graduate of Fraklin Pierce University 

  • Emma Gelinas ' 19

    Criminal Justice and Psychology major, Emma Gelinas talks about how her education at Franklin Pierce University prepared her for graduate school and a career in social work within the criminal justice system.



Sample Career Opportunities
Franklin Pierce graduates have gone on to enjoy careers and internships with such organizations as:
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Secret Service Agency
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Vermont State Police
  • Federal Medical Center, Devens, MA
  • State and Local Police Departments
  • District Attorney Offices
  • Cheshire County Department of Corrections
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Secret Service Agency
  • Drug Enforcement Agency


Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

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Want to Know More?

Download the Criminal Justice Program SheetDownload a Criminal Justice program sheet to view on-screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.

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