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Criminology and Social Justice

Program Overview

As a criminology and social justice major, you will train to become familiar with criminological theory and how it applies to our understanding of crime, social responses to perceptions of crime and deviance, and the processes necessary to achieve racial, gender, environmental, and institutional justice locally and globally. Students will work towards equity and human dignity in all of their chosen career paths, as well as be prepared to become agents of change towards a more just and equitable society.

View Degree Requirements (Course Catalog PDF)

Fast Facts

Student outcomes outlined for the program include graduates fully comprehending three key objectives:

  • The biased and complex nature of how justice systems carry out mandates and how these affect individuals and communities
  • A theoretical understanding of the causes and inhibitors of crime in society that includes ordinary street crimes as well as crimes caused by complex social systems (such as justice systems, social welfare systems, and financial institutions) and legitimate institutions
  • In-depth knowledge of possible avenues to safeguard communities from crime and citizens from human rights abuses from agents and entities with power.

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Careers and Internships

Students have interned at:

  • Asun Star
  • The New Essecare, LLC
  • Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • S.O.F.I.A. (Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates)
  • NJCDC (New Jersey Community Development Corporation)

You could be:

  • A community service manager: Median pay $64,680 per year. Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage staff who provide social services to the public.
  • A social worker: Median pay $46,890 per year. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues.
  • A police officer: Median pay $61,600 per year. Police officers protect lives and property.
  • A correctional officer: Median pay $42,820 per year. Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison.
  • Nonprofit director: Median pay $64,086 per year. Nonprofit directors are equivalent to a CEO for a nonprofit organization. They are responsible for strategy, daily operations of the organization and working closely with the board of directors.

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