Welcome to Rutgers and to the Program in Criminal Justice! 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 hope you will take a moment to look through our website to see what our program has to offer, whether you are a prospective student, transfer student, or a current student looking for information about our major, internship opportunities, career information, or just general information about course descriptions and course syllabi.
Dr. Alec Walen
Director, Program in Criminal Justice