Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

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Undergraduate Overview

Welcome to undergraduate programs at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (SCJ)! You are about to join a distinguished program whose faculty are known around the world.

During the past decade, more and more undergraduate students have been drawn to the criminal justice major, and, at Rutgers-Newark, it has become one of the most popular undergraduate programs on campus. Students pursuing undergraduate degrees at Rutgers University can benefit from the expertise and opportunities for hands-on research and learning afforded to them through the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. Students are prepared for further study in graduate or professional schools, or for careers in criminal justice.

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. The Rutgers School of Criminal Justice also offers accelerated programs (B.A./M.A. and B.S./M.A) that combine an undergraduate liberal arts education with professional study. Students from Rutgers University and several other colleges and universities can participate in this program, focusing on their undergraduate studies during the first three years and spending the remainder of their time focusing on graduate studies.

Check below for major and minor requirements. For more information check the SCJ undergraduate handbook or visit the Rutgers Undergraduate Admissions website.

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Major requirements

NEW PROGRAM BEGINNING FALL 2010

You must earn a C or better in all courses for the criminal justice major.

38 credits total requirement:
9 credits of required courses
8 credits of Research Methods and Statistics
21 credits of electives

REQUIRED COURSES

Three 3-credit courses. It is recommended that CJ majors complete 101, 102, and 103 before taking other CJ courses.

202:101 Crime and Crime Analysis (New Course)
202:102 Criminology (Formerly 303)
202:103 Introduction to Criminal Justice (Formerly 201)

ELECTIVE COURSES

At least seven of these 3-credit courses. Students enrolled after the Fall 2000 are required to complete two writing intensive courses one of which needs to be within the School of Criminal Justice (Q).

202:202 Gender, Crime, and Justice
202:203 Police and Society (Title Change)
202:204 Corrections
202:310 Case Processing, the Law and the Courts (Formerly 305)
202:311 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice (Formerly 302)
202:312 Comparative CJ Systems (Formerly 403)
202:321 Environmental Criminology (New Course)
202:322 Business and Crime (New Course)
202:323 Cybercrime (New Course)
202:324 Violent Crime (New Course)
202:331 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (Formerly 304)
202:332 Juvenile Gangs and Co]Offending (New Course)
202:333 Race and Crime (New Course)
202:334 Organized Crime (New Course)
202:341Q Community Corrections (Formerly 306)
202:342Q Contemporary Policing (Formerly 401)
202:343Q White]collar Crime (Formerly 301)
202:344Q Crime in Different Cultures (Formerly 307 & Title Change)
202:345Q Criminal Justice: Ethical and Philosophical Foundations (Formerly 404)

RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS

Two 4-credit courses, taken in order, Fall to Spring

202:301 Criminal Justice Research Methods
202:302 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice (Prerequisites: 301 and the basic undergraduate math requirement)

Students must take each of the required courses. If you have taken a similar course at another college, you must have the permission of the Undergraduate academic advisor to substitute that course for a required course. Students requesting such a substitution should contact one of the undergraduate academic advisors at the School of Criminal Justice.

Electives from other departments that are related to a student’s interests may be used toward fulfillment of the major with permission of the Undergraduate Academic Advisor. Students requesting such a substitution should contact one of the undergraduate academic advisors at the School of Criminal Justice.

Please note that Police or Corrections academy training cannot be used for academic credit toward your degree.

Double majors in Psychology (830) and/or Sociology (920) only are allowed to complete an alternative sequence to satisfy the research component.

Either

830:301 Statistical Methods Cognitive and Behavorial Sciences

And

830:301 Experimental Methods Cognitive & Behavorial Sciences

Or

920:301 Social Research I

And

920:302 Social Research II

Note: 202:301 = 830:302 = 920:301 and 202:302 = 830:301 = 920:302

Students enrolled in The School of Criminal Justice with a criminal justice major only must complete the 202 sequence. Duplicate credit will not be awarded for taking multiple sections of any research course(s).

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Minor Requirements

The minor in criminal justice has been designed to ground students in the basics of criminology and criminal justice.

RUTGERS NEWARK CRIMINAL JUSTICE MINOR REQUIREMENTS

18 credits total requirement

REQUIRED COURSES (18 credits):

At least five of these 3‐credit courses. It is recommended that CJ minors complete 101, 102, and 103 before taking other CJ courses.

202:101 Crime and Crime Analysis
202:102 Criminology
202:103 Introduction to Criminal Justice
202:202 Gender, Crime, and Justice
202:203 Police and Society
202:204 Corrections
202:220 Reducing Local Crime
202:310 Case Processing, the Law and the Courts
202:311 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice
202:312 Comparative CJ Systems
202:321 Environmental Criminology
202:322 Business and Crime
202:323 Cybercrime
202:324 Violent Crime
202:331 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
202:332 Juvenile Gangs and Co‐Offending
202:333 Race and Crime
202:334 Organized Crime

Students may also take any of the following electives:

202:341Q Community Corrections
202:342Q Contemporary Policing
202:343Q White‐collar Crime
202:344Q Crime in Different Cultures
202:345Q Criminal Justice: Ethical and Philosophical Foundations

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Double Majors

Students often wish to complete a double major and are unsure how this affects course selection. There are three minimal elements required to graduate from Rutgers NCAS/UC‐N and The School of Criminal Justice with a Baccalaureate degree: 1) satisfactory completion of all General Education requirements; 2) satisfactory completion of the requirements of a particular major; and 3) completion of at least 124 credits with a grade point average no lower than 2.00.

For example, a student wishes to double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Criminal Justice Research Methods and Data Analysis in Criminal Justice fulfills the research methods and statistics requirement for both Criminal Justice and Sociology.

The course itself is eight credits. Even if the two departments accept the course as a fulfillment of major requirements and count the course toward the total number of credits required for the major, the courses are only counted as eight credits, not sixteen credits. The student is responsible for ensuring that he or she has earned 124 credits in order to graduate.

Any student planning a double major should consult with an NCAS or UC –N counselor, as well as an academic advisor in each of the two departments.

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Contact an SCJ Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Office of Academic and Student Services Center for Law and Justice
Suite 578
Phone: 973-353-1300
Office Hours: 
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 6:30pm *late night* undergraduate only
Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm appointments preferred

For more information please contact Dr. Mercer Sullivan, Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program:
mercer.sullivan@rutgers.edu

Undergraduate students with questions, please contact:

Ms. LaWanda Thomas, Assistant Dean Academic and Student Services
lawanda.thomas@rutgers.edu
973-353-1300

Mr. Alex Restrepo, Manager of Student Services
alex.restrepo@rutgers.edu
973-353-3029

For more information visit Rutgers Undergraduate Admissions >

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