The focus of the Justice Studies major at Northeastern is not limited to criminal justice concerns. It examines the historical, legal, and social obstacles to creating a more just society. Therefore, students earning a bachelor's degree in Justice Studies can avail themselves of a wide variety of fields that include government agencies, legal institutions, and community service and not-for-profit organizations that examine social and legal justice practices. The curriculum provides academic and experiential training for students to pursue careers in the following areas:
- Social Activism: social advocacy in economic, legal, political, and cultural realms, including inequality in law and law enforcement; civil and human rights; victim advocacy; immigration; women's rights; and fighting racism and homophobia.
- Social Services: services to victims of crime; involvement in community-based alternatives to the criminal justice system; support for inmates upon their release from prison; child advocacy; welfare services; and refugee and immigrant-serving organizations.
- Law: pursue public interest-oriented law and paralegal degrees; or graduate degrees that focus on justice and human rights concerns in society.
- Corrections: police or probation officers in the community or in an institutional setting; alternative Restorative and Transformational Justice models of corrections; U.S. Marshall in the federal system; federal agent (FBI, DEA, ATF, TSA, NSA, CIA).
- Public Policy: research, advocacy; evaluation and/or setting public policy agendas.
- Research: examining the interaction of law enforcement and the communities in which they serve; evaluating the impact of programs and regulations upon prison populations; overcoming racist propaganda, advocating for gender justice; and exploring alternative institutions and practices.