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Bachelor's Completion in Criminal Justice - Reusable

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary major within the Social Sciences. Students in Felician's Criminal Justice major benefit from taking a broad array of specialized courses drawn from the disciplines of sociology, psychology, and political science. 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 in Criminal Justice, 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 will be able to 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.

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 to 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 will provide 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, or a prosecutor’s offices, or with private corporations which deliver security products or services. This experience will prepare Criminal Justice 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 will also be able to “specialize” in a particular area of interest. There are four tracks within the discipline that students can choose from. If students want to pursue a career in law enforcement, they would focus on the Police Track. If they are interested in becoming attorneys, they would focus on the Pre-Law Track. If they are interested in serving as a correctional officer, they would focus on the Corrections Track, and if they are interested in the sociology of crime, they would focus 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 would be especially interested in one or more of these options, which are in keeping with our "interdisciplinary" approach to learning at Felician. Lastly, the major focuses on restorative justice efforts, in keeping with the College's Catholic-Franciscan mission.

Program Mission

Felician College's Undergraduate Program in Criminal Justice seeks to challenge its students to bring their knowledge, experience, and newly acquired skills to the service of the community through classroom projects which explore the college and its connection to our society, and through internships and service learning projects, which will deepen the student’s engagement with his or her community. The major provides the framework for an interdisciplinary education. The mission places a special dual focus on restorative justice and community alternatives to traditional models of incarceration and punishment. An emphasis is placed on social responsibility, compassion, and "respect for all creation". By identifying the restorative justice movement as a focal point, there is an emphasis placed on the repair of harm caused by criminal behavior through cooperative processes such as victim-offender mediation, restitution, and ex-offender assistance programs. Criminal Justice majors are given the opportunity 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 policy implications of both theory and practice.

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Major in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Criminal Justice. All criminal justice courses are open to majors and non-criminal justice majors, as long as the appropriate prerequisites are met. Students may also choose to double major in criminal justice and another subject. Popular co-majors are Sociology, Psychology and Computer Information Systems, but any other major may be taken in conjunction with a Criminal Justice major. Students may also take Criminal Justice as a minor.

Required Criminal Justice courses for the Criminal Justice major (30 credits):

  CRIM 110 Criminal Justice I 3 credits
  CRIM 111 Criminal Justice II 3 credits
  CRIM 220 Criminal Law 3 credits
  CRIM 230 Victimology 3 credits
  CRIM 312 Criminological Theory 3 credits
  PSCI 291 Judicial System and Constitutional Law 3 credits
  SOC/CRIM 315 Terrorism 3 credits
  CRIM 400 Senior Research 3 credits
  CRIM 415 Senior Research II 3 credits
  CRIM 452 Internship in Criminal Justice 3 credits

Required Courses For The Police Track (18 credits):

  CRIM 112 Police in America 3 credits
  CRIM 210 Criminal Investigation 3 credits
  CRIM 235 Juvenile Delinquency 3 credits
  CRIM 340 Cyber Crime 3 credits
  CRIM 300 Police Administration 3 credits

Required Courses For The Corrections Track (18 credits):

  CRIM 240 Community Supervision 3 credits
  CRIM 290 Correctional Institutions 3 credits
  CRIM 310 Correctional Administration 3 credits
  CRIM/PHIL 380 Philosophical Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credits
  CRIM 400 Criminal Justice Management 3 credits

Required Courses For The Pre-Law Track (18 credits):

  PHIL 211 Symbolic Logic 3 credits
  PHIL 301 General Ethics 3 credits
  PHIL 320 Philosophy of Law 3 credits
  PSCI 102 American Government 3 credits
  PSCI 205 The Legislative Process and Electoral Politics 3 credits

Required Courses For The Crime and Society Track (18 credits):

  CRIM 350 Organized Crime 3 credits
  CRIM/SOC 251 Family Abuse/Domestic Violence 3 credits
  SOC 303 Sociology of Deviance 3 credits
  SOC 407 The Dynamics of Urban Society 3 credits
  PSYC 405 Childhood and Adolescence Deviance 3 credits

Criminal Justice Minor

Required courses for the Criminal Justice minor (18 credits):

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

Electives should be selected in consultation with academic advisors, to suit career goals and/or personal interests.

Certificate in Forensics

The Certificate in Forensics in the Criminal Justice major is a 20 credit program that requires students to take 6 courses that are offered. The certification consists of four courses that are 3 credits each, and 2 courses that are 4 credits each.

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

The Certification in Forensics Felician College will enable students to:

  1. Employ the principles and methods proper for scholarly research in the social sciences.
  2. Integrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, and promote scientific and quantitative reasoning.
  3. Incorporate the principles of sound pedagogy and the natural and social sciences into practice.
  4. Participate in laboratory investigations requiring the application of scientific methods and data analysis.
  5. Prepare leaders to meet the challenges of Criminal Justice Education in the twenty-first century.
  6. Investigate and explore the art of critique and analysis; evaluate and synthesize their discoveries into original work, as well as see relationships, and draw conclusions.

Required courses for the Certificate in Forensics (20 credits):

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

Concentration in Criminology

Concentration in Criminology (18 credits):

  CRIM 110 Criminal Justice I 3 credits
  CRIM 230 Victimology 3 credits
  SOC 251 Family Abuse 3 credits
  SOC 303 Sociology of Deviance 3 credits
  CRIM 312 Criminology 3 credits
  PSYC 405
or
PSYC 406
Abnormal Psychology
or
Child and Adolescent Deviance
3 credits

Control Sheet and Four Year Plan

Control Sheet (PDF format)
Four Year Plan (PDF format)

Course Catalog

For full course descriptions, please consult the course catalog.

Careers 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Felician community and we know you will find a rewarding and enriching experience here as Criminal Justice Major.
The Criminal Justice Department has an active and energetic History and Social Sciences Club. You can join the club whether you are history, criminal justice, political science, or sociology major.

Below is a list of just some of the opportunities for Criminal Justice Majors:

ACCOUNTING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AIR MARSHAL ARSON & FIRE INVESTIGATOR
ATF AGENT BAILIFF BORDER PATROL AGENT
BOUNTY HUNTER CIA AGENT COMPUTER FORENSICS
CORRECTIONAL TREAT SPECIALIST CORRECTIONS OFFICER OUNTER-TERRORISM CAREERS
CRIMINALIST CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR CRIME LAB ANALYSIS
CRIME PREVENTION CRIMINOLOGIST CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATOR
CRIME SCENE TECHNICIAN CUSTOMS AGENT DEA AGENT
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FBI ACCOUNTANT FBI AGENT
FEDERAL PROTECTION FISH AND GAME FORENSIC NURSING
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY FORENSIC SCIENCE TECH HOMELAND SECURITY
INVESTIGATOR INFORMATION SECURITY IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT
IRS SPECIAL AGENT JUVENILE PROBATION LAW ENFORCEMENT
LOSS PREVENTION PARALEGAL PARK POLICE
PAROLE OFFICER PENOLOGIST POLICE DETECTIVE
PRIVATE SECURITY PROBATION OFFICER SECRET SERVICE
SECURITY GUARD/OFFICER SHERIFF SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR
SURVEILLANCE OFFICER TSA SCREENER US MARSHALS

 

Faculty

Gina Robertiello
Professor and Chair
B.S., Rutgers University
M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice

Brian Kelly
Assistant Professor
Seton Hall University, ABD Candidate in Ed.S/Ed.D in Justice Leadership, Management and Public Policy (projected graduation date May 2012)
St. Johns University,B.S. Criminal Justice/Security Management
Seton Hall University, M.A. Law Enforcement/Human Resources Training and Development

Gary Krulish
Assistant Professor
B.S., Rutgers University
M.B.A., New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
M.P.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Adjuncts

Dinelia Garland
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice-Investigative Techniques
Felician College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Jacquelin Gioioso
Rutgers-Newark, School of Law, J.D.
University of Cincinnati, Graduate Assistant, Department of History
Paterson State College, BA, magna cum laude

Antonio Hernandez
Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.S. Public Administration, Concentration in Emergency Management and Terrorism Studies
Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.S. Individualized Studies

Contact

If you would like to learn more about our program, please feel free to contact Dr. Robertiello at (201) 559-6000, extension 6234.