Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts

About Criminal Justice

A major in Criminal Justice provides an understanding of not only crime and the justice system, but also the contemporary issues affecting it. Students gain the analytical skills required to conduct and to apply research and to assess public policy.

The Criminal Justice major provides students with a foundation in the theory and methods used to understand crime. Students receive instruction on the theories and practices pertaining to the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and public and corporate responses to crime on the local, national, and international levels. Employment opportunities exist for criminal justice majors in all areas of the legal, law enforcement, and justice systems. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate coursework in law or public policy as well as many other criminal justice related disciplines.

Clubs and Organizations

The Criminal Justice Major is housed in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. The department provides students with a foundation in the theory and methods used to understand society, culture, or crime. Below some of the objectives:

1. Acquire a basic understanding of key concepts and propositions in classical and contemporary theories, and be able to apply these theoretical ideas to specific content areas and to evaluate theoretical hypothesis with empirical data.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the logic of sociological analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, and mastery of a range of basic research skills.

3. Be able to apply an understanding of social and cultural processes to such issues as diversity, conflict and inequality, deviance, and global social change.

4. Possess a broad knowledge of social systems and institutions and be able to analyze them in terms of the concepts, methods and processes noted above. (Note: Criminal Justice students will focus primarily on the criminal justice system and its relationship to the rest of society.)

5. Demonstrate critical thinking, information and technological literacy, and discipline-specific appropriate reading, writing and presentation skills.

Related Programs and Degrees

The Dual Degree B.A./M.A. Program allows accepted undergraduate students to save time and money, and earn a significant competitive advantage by graduating with an advanced Rutgers degree. As a dual degree B.A./M.A., students have the option of enrolling in up to three graduate courses, generally one course per semester, beginning in the student’s junior year. These courses count towards both undergraduate degree requirements and graduate degree requirements. This allows students to work on their graduate degree while satisfying their undergraduate requirements. After students complete their bachelor’s degree, the student would only need seven more classes to have their Master of Arts in Criminal justice from Rutgers University–Camden. Find out more here.