Change for the better

Study how society heals – and then get into the action

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As one of the largest, most diverse, and fastest-growing job markets, the criminal justice system needs YOU. The Criminology & Justice Studies major features a path for students who are passionate about community building and restorative justice. At FLC, you’ll have access to real-world work experiences in local, state, federal, and tribal justice systems around the Four Corners.


Ben Waddell, Associate Professor of Sociology & Human Services

"Studying Criminology & Justice Studies at FLC allows students the opportunity to explore the social factors that lead to crime, allowing our graduates to contribute to actual reductions in criminal behavior."

Bring your studies to life

Many Criminology & Justice Studies alumni credit their block internship as the most influential experience of their academic career. During Block, you’ll integrate academics into real-world applications. You’ll make a difference in your community before you’ve even graduated.


The block internship program integrates 15 credits of academic sociology with an intensive community placement in a regional human service agency or grassroots organization. You’ll work closely with an assigned faculty mentor to help provide context and academic perspective.


You’re matched with an organization within the Four Corners region whose harm and healing mission aligns with your interests. The Sociology department has developed long-term partnerships with the Durango Police Department, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol, La Plata Youth Services, and many others.


The road ahead

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Let your passion for justice fuel a rewarding, life-affirming career. Let our experiential approach, small classes, and dedicated faculty help you shape the foundation.

Imagine yourself as a:

  • Probation officer
  • Law enforcement agent
  • Counselor
  • Judge
  • Lawyer
  • Detective
  • Crime scene investigator