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Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Major and Minor in Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary major with the Social Sciences. Students in Felician’s Criminal Justice major benefit from taking a broad array of specialized courses drawn from the disciplines of political science, psychology, and sociology. The purpose of the major in Criminal Justice is to provide students with a strong and broad academic foundation in preparation for law school, graduate school, or a career in the administration of criminal justice. As a major, students will be provided with a thorough grounding in the liberal arts and social sciences, and will also take a series of courses that are designed to acquaint them with the theory and practice of criminal justice administration, investigation, and policing. As a result of this, students become professional, college-educated criminal justice specialists.

With the creation of a Federal level Department of Homeland Security and the ongoing integration of community, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the service of counter-terrorism, career opportunities in the field of criminal justice will continue to increase. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects higher than average growth for occupations in the field of Criminal Justice between now and 2018.

Felician’s Criminal Justice major challenges its students to bring their knowledge, experience, and newly-acquired skills to the service of the community through classroom projects which explore the College’s mission and its connection to our society, and through internships and service learning projects that deepen the student’s engagement with his or her community. The department’s mission places a special dual focus on restorative justice and social responsibility, and community alternatives to traditional models of incarceration and punishment. In identifying the restorative justice movement as a focal point, emphasis is placed on the repair of harm caused by criminal behavior through cooperative processes such as victim-offender mediation, restitution, and ex-offender assistance programs. Graduates in the Criminal Justice major are able to understand the context of the three sub-disciplines of criminal justice – police, courts, and corrections – through: the exploration of theory; rigorous exposure to the methods as well as the applications of empirical research; and an increased understanding of the practical as well as the policy implications of both theory and practice.

All students in the major are required to take a Research Methodology course, where they examine the literature on a topic of their choice, create a hypothesis statement, and test it by means of a survey they create and administer to the student population. They are also required to complete an internship in the field, typically in the third year of studies. This is an invaluable experiential learning opportunity that provides students with the practical dimensions of criminal justice administration in a professional workplace setting. Students may arrange for internships with public agencies such as police departments, county or state prisons, local jails, circuit and municipal courts, a prosecutor’s office, or with private corporations which deliver security products or services. This experience prepares our majors for careers as federal agents, insurance fraud investigators, forensic laboratory technicians, prison guards and administrators, loss prevention specialists, private investigators, and municipal, state, county, and federal police officers.

Graduates in Criminal Justice are able to “specialize” in a particular area of interest through coursework focusing on one of four tracks within the discipline from which they choose. For instance, students wanting to pursue a career in law enforcement would focus on the Police Track. Those interested in becoming attorneys would focus on the Pre-Law Track. If the interest is in serving as a correctional officer, the focus is on the Corrections Track. And if the interest is in the sociology of crime, the focus would be on the Crime and Society Track. In addition, the major allows students to pursue a Concentration in Criminology and a Certification in Forensics. For those students not planning on majoring in Criminal Justice, they have the option of completing a Minor in Criminal Justice, and/or the Concentration in Criminology, and/or the Certificate in Forensics. Students in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, General Science, and CIS might be especially interested in one or more of these options, which are in keeping with our “interdisciplinary” approach to learning at Felician. Students may also choose to double major in Criminal Justice and another subject. Popular co-majors are Computer Information Systems, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology, but any other major may be taken in conjunction with a Criminal Justice major.

Required courses - 30 credits including

  • CRIM 110 Criminal Justice I
  • CRIM 111 Criminal Justice II
  • CRIM 220 Criminal Law
  • CRIM 230 Victimology
  • CRIM 312 Criminological Theory
  • PSCI 291 Judicial Systems & Constitutional Law
  • SOC 315 Terrorism
  • CRIM/SOC 400 Senior Research I
  • CRIM 415 Senior Research II
  • CRIM 452 Internship in Criminal Justice

In addition, Criminal Justice Majors select one of the following four tracks:

Police Studies track (15 credits) Pre-Law track (15 credits)
CRIM 112 Police in America PSCI 102 American Government
CRIM 210 Criminal Investigation PSCI 205 Legislative Process
CRIM 235 Juvenile Delinquency PHIL 211 Logic
CRIM 300 Police Administration PHIL 301 General Ethics
CRIM 340 Cyber Crime PHIL 320 Philosophy of Law
Corrections track (15 credits) Crime and Society track (15 credits)
CRIM 240 Community Supervision CRIM/SOC 251 Family Abuse
CRIM 290 Criminal Institutions SOC 303 Sociology of Deviance
CRIM 310 Correctional Administration CRIM 350 Organized Crime
CRIM/PHIL 380 Philosophical Issues in CJ PSYC 405 Childhood and Adolescent Deviance
CRIM 401 Criminal Justice Management SOC 407 Dynamics of Urban Society

Note:

  • Recommended electives CRIM 320, 330, 340, CIS 225, PHIL/PSCI 305, 306, PSYC 406, SOC 201
  • Required General Education Science course for Criminal Justice Majors is GSCI 101
  • Required General Education Mathematics course for Criminal Justice Majors is MATH 122

Minor in Criminal Justice

The Minor in Criminal Justices consists of six courses (18 credits) selected in consultation with the faculty advisor:

  • 3 Lower Level Criminal Justice Courses (100-200 level)
  • 3 Upper Level Criminal Justice Courses (300-400 level)

Certificate in Forensics

The Certificate in Forensics is designed to meet the growing needs of students in the Criminal Justice Major, as well as those majoring in Computer Information Systems, Sociology, Psychology, and Natural Sciences, who might want to add a specialization to their major and improve their skills in an area that is gaining interest. The Certificate in Forensics is also available to students majoring in any field who have an interest in Forensics. Non-matriculated students working in an area of law enforcement may wish to acquire the Certificate in Forensics in order to advance their professional development.

As a result of completing the Certification in Forensics program, students will be able to employ the principles and methods proper for scholarly research in the social sciences; integrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, and promote scientific and quantitative reasoning; incorporate the principles of sound pedagogy and the natural and social sciences into practice; participate in laboratory investigations requiring the application of scientific methods and data analysis; prepare leaders to meet the challenges of Criminal Justice Education in the twenty-first century; and investigate and explore the art of critique and analysis, which includes evaluating and synthesizing their discoveries in order to draw conclusions in their original work.

Certificate in Forensics

The Certificate in Forensics consists of six courses (20 credits):

  • CRIM 110 Criminal Justice I 3 credits
  • CRIM 210 Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation 3 credits
  • GSCI 101 Forensic Science 4 credits
  • CIS 315 Computer Forensics and Investigation 3 credits
  • CRIM 340 Cyber Crime 3 credits
  • CIS 365 Cryptography Technologies 4 credits

Concentration in Criminology

The Concentration in Criminology consists of six courses (18 credits):

  • CRIM 110 Criminal Justice I 3 credits
  • CRIM 230 Victimology 3 credits
  • CRIM/SOC 251 Family Abuse/Domestic Violence 3 credits
  • SOC 303 Sociology of Deviance 3 credits
  • CRIM 312 Criminological Theory 3 credits
  • PSYC 405 Abnormal Psychology or PSYC 406 Child and Adolescent Deviance 3 credits

Control Sheet and Four Year Plan

Control Sheet
Criminal Justice Four Year Plan

What can I do with a degree in Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice majors pursue a wide variety of career paths. Some are in applied positions in the field (for example, as a police officer or criminal investigator). Criminal Justice majors may also use the many skills they have learned to get jobs in the business world, working in social services or government offices of various kinds. Majors could also work in the research field (becoming criminologists or victimologists). They could go in to the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Social Work, Forensic Science, or Police Services.

Another option open to majors is to go on to graduate school. A graduate degree in criminal justice can help students to find a job as a counselor, professor or researcher. There are many career options available to those who get a masters or doctoral degree in criminal justice. Some students also go on to Law School. They would become attorneys or judges.

Request Information

For more information regarding Criminal Justice please contact the Chair person of the department

Dr. Gina Robertiello
Kirby Hall Room 419
201-559-6234

Program Faculty