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UMass Criminal Justice Certificate News
Spring 2017 #1
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Upcoming Events and Important Dates
  • Monday February 20th
    • HOLIDAY (President's Day)
  • Wednesday March 1st
    • Sociology Alumni Night (see below for details)
  • Wednesday March 8th
    • Mid-semester date for on-campus classes.  Last day to drop with a W!
  • March 13th-17th
    • Spring Break (no on-campus classes)
  • Friday March 24th
    •  Spring CPE registration closes
News and Announcements

Our new Criminal Justice Internship Program Director, Bob Ryan, is settled in and ready to assist you in finding an internship!  His office hours are on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 PM
You can find him in the same location Sheriff Garvey was in, Thompson 732

Some internships placements students have had over the last few years include:
  • UMass Police Department
  • Hampshire Sheriff’s Office
  • Berkshire Sheriff’s Office
  • Eastern Hampshire District Court
  • Hampshire County Jail & House of Corrections
  • Amherst Police Department

Sociology Undergraduate Awards

Have you recently written a great class paper, or can you write a few pages about some of your experiences in sociology?  Consider applying for one of our awards. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31st
Email submissions to with the subject line: Undergraduate Awards


Best Paper Award

Have you written an awesome paper for one of your Sociology classes in Spring 2016 or Fall 2016? Submit it for a chance to win!

Jane Addams Sociology in Practice Award

Submit a 1-2 page statement reflecting on what you have accomplished, explaining how sociological thinking enhanced your understanding of a social issue or problem that you were involved in. Consider in your reflection what you learned from the experience.

Meghan K. Beebe Senior Speaker Award

This award recognizes an enthusiastic sociology student who has strong writing and public speaking skills that will speak on behalf of sociology at the SBS Senior Celebration Commencement Ceremony. Submit a 1-minute speech, illustrating the impact that sociology has had in your personal life, or describing sociology as an inspirational outlet for making a difference and impacting the lives of others.

C. Wright Mills Award for Sociological Imagination 

Submit a response (3 pages or less) answering the following question – “How has sociology affected your college experience?” You might approach the essay by asking yourself: Has your point of view changed because of sociology? Has a major in sociology affected what you thought you wanted to do with your life? Was there an eye-opening, aha! moment in your sociology undergraduate career?

Upcoming Events

Wednesday March 1st, join us for Sociology Alumni Night  in the Cape Cod Lounge, Campus Center. We will have a panel of five recent Sociology graduates sharing their experiences and insight. The panel includes an alum who works in the office of Congressman Jim McGovern.
Upcoming Course Information

Registration for Spring CPE courses that begin in March is now open.
We have two classes that are relevant to CJ students:

Stay tuned to our next newsletter for information on FALL in-person courses.

Careers & Internships

UMass has a wealth of information and opportunities available through Career Services and we have our own SBS career advisors, Carol Sharick and Rebecca Bell.  Make an appointment today! It's never too early to start thinking about your future career path. You DO NOT have to be a senior to talk to someone about your post graduation plans.

You can also talk to Sociology advisors  about course planning and questions about the certificate.  Stop into peer advising for advice on classes, or make an appointment to come in and talk to a staff advisor. Remember, we can also do phone appointments!


CJ in the News

Check out this recent article in the Washington Post , "Big data may be reinforcing racial bias in the criminal justice system", for interesting take on how social science data analysis methods can affect day-to-day work and longer term policy in criminal justice.
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