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BA in Criminal Justice

Quinnipiac's distinctive criminal justice degree program offers students a well-integrated education, placing criminal and deviant behavior within a wider sociological context. Students are exposed to courses ranging from crime response philosophy to public policy in criminal justice.

Designed to maximize a wide range of skills and knowledge, the 37-credit criminal justice major emphasizes all aspects of the criminal justice system and criminal behavior from the social conditions that foster criminal activity to the social response to crime, including policing, the correctional system, and criminal justice policy.

The program educates students to develop skills in problem-solving, communication and policy analysis, using the sociological perspective as a framework. Specific, innovative courses are offered in violent crime, investigative techniques, and criminal law. The interdisciplinary curriculum draws not only from criminal justice, but also from from sociology, psychology and legal studies.

Carefully structured internships assure students of practical applications of theoretical material. Upon successful degree completion, students are prepared to continue their education or assume careers in law enforcement, corrections, law, social work, public administration, teaching and international peacekeeping and many fields related to crime control and administration of justice.

Curriculum + Requirements

This 37-credit major focuses on courses in criminal and deviant behavior and the social response to this behavior within the context of a sociological perspective, and prepares students for careers and/or graduate school in criminal justice, law, social work or public administration.

Major Requirements (37 credits)

1. Orientation to Criminal Justice (CJ 205), Introduction to Sociology (SO 101), Crime and Society (CJ 283), Criminal Law (LE 115), Criminal Justice Systems (CJ 335)

2. Research Methods in Criminal Justice (CJ 381) (requirement waived for students with a double major in psychology).

3. Senior Seminar (CJ 385).

4. One internship in the community (CJ 392) is required. Note: The opportunity for an optional second internship is available.

5. One or two courses* from the following crime typologies offerings:

Course Title Credits
CJ 232 Women in the CJ System 3
CJ 240 Organized Crime 3
CJ 242 Race, Crime and Justice 3
CJ 250 Youth Crime 3
CJ 271 Public Order Crimes 3


6. One or two courses* from the following criminal justice in practice offerings:

Course Title Credits
CJ 241 Police & Policing 3
CJ 243 Investigative Techniques 3
CJ 251 Probation, Parole & Community Corrections 3
CJ 261 Prisons & Jails 3

* Students need a total of nine credits from crime typologies and criminal justice in practice courses. They may take one from crime typologies and two from criminal justice in practice, or vice versa.

7. Two courses from the following advanced level courses:

Course Title Credits
CJ/SO 241 Racial & Ethnic Groups 3
SO 244 Social Stratification 3
CJ/SO 260 Social Control & Deviance 3
CJ 300 Special Topics 3
CJ 330 Perspectives on Violence 3
CJ 333 Drugs, Alcohol and Society 3
CJ 343 Forensic Issues in Law Enforcement 3
CJ 353 Sexual Violence 3
CJ 355 Crime & Media 3
CJ 368 Violent Offenders: Assessment & Treatment 3
CJ 370 Constitution, Ethics & Policing 3
CJ 394 Internship 3
CJ 399/499 Independent Study 3

Minor in Criminal Justice

For the minor in criminal justice, students must complete 15 credits in criminal justice studies at any level, and one 300-level criminal justice class for a total of 18 credits. Students should meet with the program director to select courses that are most related to their major field. A student majoring in gerontology, sociology or social services cannot minor in criminal justice.