Document Type


Degree Comments

Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies of Bridgewater State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice, 2018.

Degree Program

Criminal Justice

Degree Type

Master of Science


The goal of this study was to better understand the impact that criminal justice based service learning experiences have on criminal justice students at Bridgewater State University. For the purpose of this study, the research questions focused on students’ personal and professional outcomes post- service learning experience. The study used an electronic survey that utilized closed and opened ended questions to gather data. Using a grounded theory approach the data was collected and analyzed simultaneously. Through a coding process, themes and concepts specific to the open responses were identified. The results of the study indicate that students felt their service learning experience had a lasting impact on them during and after the course was completed. Personally and professionally, students were impacted in a positive manner. The findings of the study were in line with the current body of literature on service learning. Beyond this, the data gathered greatly contributes to the current and growing body of literature that surrounds the pedagogy of service learning in the discipline of criminal justice.


Jo-Ann Della Giustina (chair)

Ashley Kilmer

Wendy Wright

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Criminology Commons