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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Criminal and Social Justice

This certificate program examines the structural, psychological, and social factors that contribute to social problems endemic in the criminal justice system. Five courses, designed for students planning to enter or continue working in the criminal justice system, explore topics such as domestic violence, community violence, and racial discrimination through the lens of social justice. The program aims to inspire critical thinking that will promote greater equality within the criminal justice system.

Courses: 5

Career Outlook: Police officer, probation or parole officer, special agent, paralegal, criminal defense lawyer, district attorney


Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:

ADCJ XXXX Introduction to Criminology
ADSO 1365 Law and Society 
ADCJ XXXX Criminal Justice 



Complete two of the following courses:

ADSO 1151 Class, Power and Social Change
ADSO 1130 Deviance and Social Control
ADPS1129 Psychological Trauma
ADCJ XXXX Social Psychology
ADLA 1390 Psychology and Law
ADCJ XXXX Crime and Correction
ADSO XXXX Drugs and Society
ADSO XXXX Race, Gender, and Violence
ADLA XXXX Law and Morality

How to Apply

Below are the official admissions requirements for this program:

  • Online application*
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following:
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official college/university transcript
  • Personal Statement (500 - 750 words)
  • Resume (optional)
  • Application fee ($45 check or money order payable to Boston College - Please do not send cash)


Application Deadlines

Applications for Professional Studies Certificates are accepted on a rolling basis. 


*Current Woods College degree students interested in adding a certificate to their plan of study should not use the online application. Declare your certificate here.





The estimated total tuition for this program is $8,780.

Tuition for Woods College programs is assessed by course. Please see Boston College Tuitions and Fees for more details.