Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Provided through the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice –Newark

Undergraduate - BS in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice careers can be exciting, rewarding and offer many opportunities for advancement. The field of criminal justice is growing rapidly, but education is key to getting hired or moving up in the field. Majoring in criminal justice opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

The criminal justice program is offered by the Rutgers University-Newark School of Criminal Justice. The Rutgers School of Criminal Justice was established at Rutgers University in 1972. Over the past decade, the number of students pursuing a major in criminal justice has continued to increase, making this one of the more popular undergraduate programs of Rutgers University-Newark.
The criminal justice major offers students a focused interdisciplinary exposure to all aspects of crime and criminal justice. Courses in the program deal with crime and other forms of deviance and the responses to these problems by police, courts, corrections, and other organizations; contemporary criminal justice issues; and ethical concerns and research. Students majoring in criminal justice receive excellent preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools as well as for careers in criminal justice.
Students majoring in criminal justice must complete 41 credits of criminal justice courses with at least a 2.0 grade-point average in the combined courses.  At least half of the credits for the major must be taken at Rutgers.


Students with an earned associate's degree in Criminal Justice from any accredited community college are eligible to apply to the Criminal Justice program.  Specific pre-requisite courses may be required.