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During the past decade, an increasing number of undergraduate students have been drawn to the criminal justice major.  Students pursuing the B.S. degree in criminal justice at Rutgers University-Newark, benefit from the expertise and opportunities for hands-on research and learning afforded to them through the school. Students are prepared for careers in criminal justice and for further study in graduate or professional schools.

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.

The Rutgers School of Criminal Justice also offers an accelerated program (B.S./M.A.) that combines 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.

For more information on how to apply, visit: http://admissions.newark.rutgers.edu


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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Graduates of the Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice program will have an understanding of the causes, and contexts of crime and the interrelated challenges faced and caused by criminal justice systems. In a rich multidisciplinary social sciences framework, students will acquire and learn to apply their knowledge to deal with ‘real world’ issues in preparation for: (1) employment in government and community-based organizations that deal with issues of crime and justice and/or (2) graduate studies in a criminal justice or criminal justice related field. 

Degree Requirements

In order to graduate from the School of Criminal Justice students must complete the following four requirements: 

  1. Successful completion of at least 120 academic credits
  2. Successful completion of college’s Core Curriculum
  3. Successful completion one of the major programs of study and for students following the Core Curriculum, at least one Second Concentration
  4. Successfully earning a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

*Effective September 1, 2015, a minimum of 120 degree credits is required to graduate.

Major Requirements

Students must complete 41 credits for the major:

  • 14 credits of required courses
  • 3-credit criminal justice (CJ) writing-intensive course
  • 24 credits of criminal justice electives

If you entered the CJ program prior to fall 2014, please refer to the appropriate catalog or contact the School of Criminal Justice for a complete list of degree requirements. Students may also refer to Degree Navigator for a list of program requirements.

*Note, only grades of C or better will be counted toward the major.

Minor Requirements

The minor in criminal justice has been designed to ground students in the basics of criminology and criminal justice. 18 credits are required for the completion of the minor

*It is required that CJ minors complete courses 47:202:102 Criminology, and 47:202:103 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Double Major Requirements

Students often wish to complete a double major and are unsure how this affects course selection. There are three minimal requirements to graduate from Rutgers NCAS/UC‐N and The School of Criminal Justice with a Baccalaureate degree: 1) satisfactory completion of all college core curriculum requirements; 2) satisfactory completion of the requirements of a particular major; and 3) completion of at least 120 credits with a minimum grade point average of a 2.0.

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 120 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.


ACCELERATED MASTER’S PROGRAM (B.S./M.A.)

The Accelerated Masters program (B.S. /M.A. joint degree) makes it possible for highly motivated and qualified undergraduate students who determine early in their postsecondary education that they wish to pursue graduate studies in criminal justice, this five-year joint bachelor of science/master of arts (B.S. /M.A.) program makes it possible to earn a baccalaureate degree from Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS), University College-Newark (UC-N), or other participating institutions and a master’s degree from the School of Criminal Justice.

There are several requirements before one can be considered for admission into this program:

  1. Completion of 94 undergraduate credits in liberal arts subjects (may include transfer credits);
  2. Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum requirements of NCAS, UC-N or SCJ;
  3. Completion of undergraduate criminal justice major requirements;
  4. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or better at NCAS, UC-N or SCJ; and
  5. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test score (taken in the junior year) acceptable to the School of Criminal Justice.

Careful planning is necessary to complete the undergraduate requirements with just 94 credits. The B.S./M.A. degree program is generally open only to students who have done all their postsecondary studies at Rutgers University Newark.

Students need to also fulfill all general requirements for admission consideration (e.g., GRE scores, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, etc.). Please note that GRE scores are required. All applications are due May 1st and will be reviewed by the M.A. Academic Oversight Committee.
Students interested in this program should contact the Office of Academic Program and Student Services in their first year; an official declaration of intent must be filed during the sophomore year. Application for early admission to the School of Criminal Justice is then made at the beginning of the second semester of the junior year.

For more information on how to apply, visit: http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/apply/application-guidelines.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to graduate from the School of Criminal Justice, all undergraduate students must complete the following requirements:

  • Successfully completing at least 120 degree credits
  • Successfully completing the college’s core curriculum
  • Successfully completing one of the major programs of study
  • Successfully completing a second concentration*
  • Successfully completing the writing intensive requirement
  • Successfully earning a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better

Steps to Graduation

  1. Before registering for your final semester schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor.
  2. Before registering for your final semester meet with your faculty advisor in yourmajor and second concentration.
  3. Check “The Grad Finale” Blackboard site for graduation and commencement information.
  4. Apply for graduation via GradTracker.

 

Diploma Date Application Deadline
January Degree October 15
May Degree February 15
October Degree July 30


UNDERGRADUATE LEARNING GOALS

At this time, there is a high demand for professionals who can respond effectively to issues of crime and justice. Our intent is to provide our students with a challenging and exciting course of study that will help our graduates become the best in their fields.

Graduates of the Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice program will have an understanding of the causes, and contexts of crime, and the interrelated challenges faced and caused by criminal justice systems. In a rich multidisciplinary social sciences framework, students will acquire and learn to apply their knowledge to deal with ‘real world’ issues in preparation for: (1) employment in government and community-based organizations that deal with issues of crime and justice and/or (2) graduate studies in a criminal justice or criminal justice-related field. The following is a list of our current Undergraduate Program Learning Goals.

  •  Describe the development and functions of major criminal justice institutions (e.g., police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice), the activities of actors within these institutions, and how they relate to one another as well as the broader social, political, and economic world.
  •  Describe the mechanisms, correlates, theoretical underpinnings, and situational contexts of crime, criminal behavior and opportunity, and techniques for prevention and treatment.
  •  Apply and analyze theories related to the policies and practices of the criminal justice system and its major institutions.
  •  Demonstrate the ability to gather, explain, and apply empirical research in the field of criminal justice.
  •  Obtain a comprehensive knowledge about the process of conducting criminal justice research, and develop the skills to conduct criminal justice research with appropriate methodologies.

 


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