The field of Criminal Justice builds on criminology, which is a major area of study within the social sciences. Students explore the criminal justice system and learn why society considers some actions to be criminal and how those definitions are influenced by social, economic, political and psychological forces. The goals for the Lasell College Criminal Justice major are to learn principles of the criminal justice system, to acquire professional skills, to develop analytical thinking and to acquire valuable communication skills necessary for criminal justice work. The program prepares students to enter graduate programs in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Policy, or Law School. A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice prepares students to apply their learning in such areas in the criminal justice system as law, law enforcement and public safety, crime prevention, domestic violence, gang interventions, adult and juvenile probation and corrections, parole, drug and alcohol abuse and prevention, and diversion programs for first-time offenders. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the Justice Studies Department.