By The Numbers
The percent of our criminal justice graduates who are either working or in a graduate program six months after graduation (2016 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)
Median mid-career income for political science majors in the U.S. with a non-graduate degree (The Economic Value of College Majors, 2015). Political science majors earn among the highest incomes of all social science majors.
This major explores every dimension of criminal justice, from the sociological causes that lead to crime to the evaluation of specific public policies and their effectiveness. We prepare you for a career in law enforcement, social work, international peacekeeping and other related areas.
You’ll study criminal behavior, sexual violence and issues of fairness in the legal and criminal justice systems. You also learn about investigative techniques, new technological developments in forensics and modern threats such as cybercrime, which has become a global problem.
Real-world experience is essential, and our full-time internship coordinator helps you find an internship that matches your interests and gives you the necessary experience to reach your career goals. Our criminal justice majors have interned with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance and Connecticut’s witness protection program, among others.
“I think we are seeing a shift in the students in criminal justice majors since I have been here – we are seeing a lot more students who are interested in being change agents…Tym is great example of that.”Stephen McGuinn, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Curriculum and Requirements
Criminal Justice Curriculum
In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, students majoring in Criminal Justice must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|Criminal Justice Core Requirements|
|CJ 101||Crime and Society||3|
|SO 101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|CJ 205||From College to Career (SO/GT 205)||1|
|SO 241||Sociology of Race and Ethnicity||3|
|CJ 241||Police & Policing||3|
|CJ 261||Prisons and Jails||3|
|CJ 290||Criminal Justice Methods||3|
|CJ 392||Internship in the Community||3|
|CJ 385||Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy||3|
|Select one of the following crime typologies options:||3|
|Women in the Criminal Justice System (SO/WS 232)|
|Youth Crime (SO 250)|
|Public Order Crimes (SO 271)|
|Select one of the following criminal justice in practice options:||3|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|PS 283 Introduction to Forensic Psychology|
|Independent Study in Criminal Justice 1|
|Select two of the following advanced elective options:||6|
|Perspectives on Violence (SO 330)|
|Drugs, Alcohol and Society (SO 333)|
|Forensic Issues in Law Enforcement|
|Crime and Media (SO 355)|
|Sociology of Mental Illness|
|Constitution, Ethics and Policing|
|Advanced Internship Seminar in the Community|
|Independent Study in Criminal Justice|
Can count as either a crime typologies or criminal justice in practice option.
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