Justice Studies Majors

The Justice Studies Department offers three majors - Criminal Justice, Law and Public Affairs, and Legal Studies - and one Pre-Law Advising Program.

Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice Major focuses on understanding and defining criminal behavior in the context of social, economic and psychological forces. Students learn the practices pertaining to the criminal justice system, crime prevention and public and corporate responses to crime on local, national and international level. Lasell's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education under the Guidelines for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Academic Programs.

Career options for a Criminal Justice Major:

  • Police Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Political Aid

Learn more and view the Criminal Justice Curriculum.

Law and Public Affairs
The Law and Public Affairs Major examines how the law filters into social, political, economic, and other institutions. Students develop analytics skills in research, problem-solving, and advocacy, and discover the issues regarding the American legal system and how it compares to global perspectives and policies.

A Law and Public Affairs degree offers various career settings:

  • Working for Goverment Organizations
  • Non-Profit Sectors
  • Legal Offices for Municipalities
  • Policy and Regulations Departments

Learn more and view the Law and Public Affairs curriculum.

Legal Studies
The Legal Studies Major teaches students about the American legal system. Constitutional law is introduced, the organization and operation of the legal system are examined and the role of federal, state and local government is explored.

Career options for a Legal Studies Major:

  • Judge
  • Law Librarian
  • Law Clerk
  • Court Administrator

Learn more and view the Legal Studies curriculum.

Pre-Law Advising Program
The Pre-Law advising program is a recommended sequence of courses for students considering law school.

Learn more about the Pre-Law Advising Program.

Faculty Profile

Marisa Hastie, Ed.D., ACSM HFSAssociate Professor and Program Director of Exercise ScienceDr. Marisa Hastie’s work in the field of exercise science combines her passions for health and life-long learning.  

News Highlight

State Board of Higher Education Approves New Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice  Wednesday, December 17, 2014The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved a new Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Lasell that will offer students multiple concentrations in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Violence Prevention and Advocacy as well as a flexible Criminal Justice option. The online program launches in Fall 2015.

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