Criminal Justice – (offered by Rutgers University-Newark)

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.

A minor is required with this major. All students must declare a minor through the Newark School of Arts and Sciences. 

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Potential Career Paths

Employment opportunities exist for criminal justice majors in all areas of the legal, law enforcement, and justice systems. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate coursework in law or public policy as well as many other criminal justice related disciplines. Employment opportunities exist at the managerial level in country, state, and federal criminal justice agencies.

Admissions Requirements

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, please consult the Manger of Academic Programs before applying.

Transferring Credits

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey will transfer a maximum of  60-64 credits or one half of the total degree credits required for a baccalaureate degree from a NJ county college to a Rutgers degree program for those students who have completed an A.A or A.S degree. Please visit the NJ Transfer  website at  to look up the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) for any undergraduate major at Rutgers. Students may be awarded up to 90 credits from a 4 year institution. 

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