The Criminal Justice program at NEC provides a strong academic foundation complemented by a variety of in-class and on-site experiential opportunities. All classes are taught by attorneys and law enforcement professionals with experience in the criminal justice field. Our small classes provide an opportunity for students to develop individual relationships with faculty and to explore the areas where academic knowledge meets “real world” practice.
During their four years at NEC students will engage with members of the law enforcement, corrections and legal communities, visit local courts, law enforcement agencies, and correctional facilities, and, participate in a number of law enforcement simulations, all designed to enhance their understanding of the criminal justice system.
The combination of a solid academic base, a strong liberal arts foundation, and hands on experience will position you well for one of the many exciting career opportunities in the field of criminal justice
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Criminal Justice: Learn by Doing at New England College
- Criminal Justice Internships
Internships are individually designed based on your career interests. Past internships have included placements in local and regional police departments, prosecutor’s offices, juvenile centers, the NH State Prison, probation departments, law offices, and victim assistance programs.
- In Criminal Investigations
Students explore techniques for the collection and preservation of physical evidence, crime scene photography, blood spatter analysis, lifting and storing fingerprints, crime scene reconstruction and the investigative processes applicable to specific crimes by “doing”.
- Contemporary Law Enforcement
In addition to exploring contemporary law enforcement practices and challenges, students participate in a two-day law enforcement hiring seminar conducted by independent law enforcement personnel. The seminar includes exploration of the hiring process, including the police officer entry exam, the background investigation process, the polygraph examination, and practice procedures for the oral board/interview phases. Students participate directly in a minimum of two simiulated law enforcement oral boards/interviews.
- Issues in Professional Practice (Senior Seminar)
Issues in Professional Practice (Senior Seminar) is the capstone course for the major. Students prepare for the challenges and responsibilities of working as a criminal justice professional, including the transition from student to employment and opportunities within the field, by preparing resumes, interviewing professionals, and presenting the results of a research project on a contemporary criminal justice issue. In addition, during spring break, students travel to the Washington, DC area. On past trips, students have been the guests of the FBI and DEA at Quantico, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Supreme Court and local trial court, the U.S. Capitol Police, local police departments and the Adult Detention Center in Manassas, VA.
Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice
- Law Enforcement
- Probation/Parole Officer
- Victim Witness Advocate
- Corrections Officer
- Juvenile Counselor/Detention Officer