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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

A Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice prepares students with a solid foundation in the practical and theoretical aspects of criminal and juvenile justice. This multidisciplinary program explores the dynamic nature of criminal justice with opportunities to combine classroom learning with practical experience in the field. The program is designed for students seeking careers and individuals who currently work in the criminal and juvenile justice fields.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice combines studies in the fields of criminal justice, law enforcement, courts, probation, corrections, parole, and juvenile justice. Completion of this major prepares one to assume the responsibilities in the following professions: officer (municipal, county, state, federal), special agent (in federal law enforcement agencies such as AFT, CIA, DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, NSA, USDOC, USDOJ, US Marshals, US Parks Police, US Secret Service), criminal investigator (in state prosecutor and public defender offices), court administrator (state and federal), probation officer (state and federal), parole officer (state), correctional officer (state and federal), juvenile counselor, victim advocate (government or community), community restorative justice, civil rights activist, and others. Continued study may include a master’s and/or doctoral degree in criminal justice or public administration or a doctoral degree in law.

All undergraduate coursework, on the main campus, is offered on a dual time schedule. Students have the option to attend classes at 8:30 am or 7:00 pm on the same day to accommodate varying work schedules.


Students may declare their major when apply to NJCU.

The requirements to maintain status as a criminal justice major are:

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.0 in all Criminal Justice courses
  • Completion of 35 - 40 credits, including the All University Requirements and General Education requirements the following specific prerequisite courses:
  • CJ 111: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 112: Crime and Delinquency
  • Complete at least 39 criminal justice credits in residency (for students starting before fall 2024)
  • Complete at least 33 criminal justice credits in residency (for students starting fall 2024 or later)
  • Students who have not yet declared their major or wish to change their major to criminal justice must submit the appropriate form.

Transfer Students
Transfer students must complete at least 39 criminal justice credits in residency in addition to above requirements. Students starting with NJCU in fall 2024 or later must complete 33 criminal justice credits in residency in addition to above requirements.


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