Welcome Prospective Students
Welcome to Rutgers and to the Program in Criminal Justice! We recommend first viewing this short PowerPoint presentation, which gives you a general overview of the Program, our major, and what you can do with a degree in the field of criminal justice: Please Click Here.
Our approach to the study of crime and justice administration blends a liberal arts education with pre-professional training. Courses cover the theory and practice of social control, encouraging students to consider practical concerns of management, the challenges of setting policy, the unintended consequences of existing institutional arrangements, and so much more. Throughout our curriculum, we aim to prepare our graduates for the workforce or advanced study by developing the skills of critical thinking and factual inquiry, as well as an understanding and appreciation for the legal, political, and social contexts affecting criminal justice systems in the United States and around the world.
We expect our students to take full advantage of the strengths of a premier research university. Our faculty are drawn from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. In fact, many of them have faculty appointments in other departments, including Philosophy, Economics, Anthropology, Law, and Sociology. In addition, majors in Criminal Justice are expected to take courses in other departments to satisfy thematic requirements and, in the case of the forensics course, substantial scientific pre-requisites. Recent graduates have coupled the criminal justice major with another major or minor in Psychology, Political Science, Chemistry, or foreign language. The opportunities for defining your own specialization within Rutgers are nearly limitless.
We encourage you to explore our website as you will find a wealth of information relating to all aspects of the program, Rutgers as a whole, and the School of Arts and Sciences as well. Learn more about our faculty and our lecturers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, fields, and research interests: you can explore what they have been up to beyond Rutgers, their scholarly accomplishments, and their research interests.
You can learn more about our program’s history, our major and its requirements, and you might also like to peruse our course offerings. We also have a lot of information on our website regarding internships and independent study, as well as job postings and career information.
Want to get an idea of what life is like at Rutgers? Head over to the Rutgers Student Blogs website to read through the experiences of various Rutgers students from different backgrounds.
Looking to visit any of the New Brunswick campuses? Head over to the Undergraduate Admissions website to learn how to visit campus and to take a tour. Scarlet Plus Day is also another fantastic opportunity to check out Rutgers and its campuses. Scarlet Day Plus provides the visitor with an in-depth visit that includes an information session hosted by an admissions counselor followed by a tour with a student guide. Following the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit with faculty and learn more about your academic field of study. Allow approximately three hours for this program. In order to attend a Scarlet Plus Day, you must register in advance. More information can be found on the Scarlet Plus Day website.
Parents are encouraged to be involved with Rutgers and the journey through the college experience. Rutgers offers many Parent and Family Programs, as well as many opportunities and events to keep parents involved with the Rutgers community. Check out their website for a wealth of information on how to get involved and join the parent's community: Parent and Family Programs website.
If you are a Transfer Student, you must still apply through the admissions office. The Transfer Admissions website offers a wealth of information for prospective transfer students from all types of transfer backgrounds. Additionally, please check out the Transfer Students section of our website for more information.