Program Contact: Alan Bruce 203-582-8458

The criminal justice degree program offers students a comprehensive examination into law-breaking behavior, crime as a social phenomenon and methods of social control. Students complete coursework ranging from the evaluation of institutions of formal social control, such as policing, courts and corrections, to advocating for crime victims. The program places particular emphasis on experiential learning through its carefully structured internships and its community-based coursework. Upon successful degree completion, students are prepared to pursue advanced degrees (in a variety of areas including law school and social work) or assume careers in fields such as policing, corrections, law, social work, public administration, teaching, international peacekeeping and other areas of public policy related to crime, victimization and the administration of justice. Graduates who pursue careers outside the criminal justice field gain transferrable skills—critical thinking, problem identification, advanced oral and written communication—that are fundamental to success in any career.

Criminal Justice Curriculum

Students majoring in Criminal Justice must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
Modern Language Requirement3-6
Criminal Justice Core Requirements
CJ 101Crime and Society3
SO 101Introduction to Sociology3
CJ 205From College to Career (SO/GT 205)1
SO 241Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
CJ 241Police and Policing3
CJ 261Prisons and Jails3
CJ 290Criminal Justice Research Methods3
CJ 392Internship in the Community (SO 392/GT 392)3
CJ 385Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy3
Select one of the following crime typologies options:3
Addiction and Crime
Women in the Criminal Justice System (SO/WGS 232) (course cross-listed)
Youth Crime (SO 250)
Sexual Violence (WGS 253)
Public Order Crimes (SO 271)
Select one of the following criminal justice in practice options:3
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Special Topics
Investigative Techniques
Probation Parole and Community Corrections
Prosecution and Sentencing
Sexual Violence Victim Advocacy (WGS 275)
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Select two of the following advanced elective options:6
Advanced Victimology
Perspectives on Violence (SO 330)
Drugs, Alcohol and Society (SO 333)
Forensic Issues in Law Enforcement
Corrections Counseling
Crime and Media (SO 355)
Sociology of Mental Health
Inside-Out Prison Exchange Seminar
Constitution, Ethics and Policing
Family Violence
Advanced Internship in the Community (SO 394/GT 394)
Independent Study in Criminal Justice 2
Free Electives16-19
Total Credits102-108

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.


May count as a crime typologies, criminal justice in practice or advanced elective option.

Modern Language Requirement

All CAS students (both bachelor of science and bachelor of arts) must complete one modern language through the 102 level. Modern language courses may also count toward the UC Personal Inquiry II requirement. Students who have taken a language in high school should take the modern language placement test for that language. Students with placement scores at the 201 level or higher have demonstrated language competency and thus have passed out of the language requirement. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Diversity – Students will recognize the influence that different forms of diversity have upon their worldview and how diversity impacts the criminal justice system.
  2. Scientific Literacy – Students will be able to identify the steps of the scientific process, formulate scientific questions and distinguish between anecdotal and empirical evidence.
  3. Social Responsibility – Students will understand how the criminal justice system functions as one part of the larger environmental system, and understand that its current format is not inevitable but the products of historical factors and the interconnectedness of individual actions and societal decisions.
  4. Communication – Students will be able to argue a clearly defined position with civility, using credible evidence with appropriate citation of sources.
  5. Critical Thinking – Students will understand multiple perspectives on significant crime-related topics and the importance of examining these from multiple perspectives and the significance of utilizing different data sources when examining these concepts. Basic disciplinary theory and terminology are applied.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Seamless Transfer Agreement with Gateway Community College (GCC), Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Norwalk Community College (NCC)

Under this Transfer Agreement, GCC, HCC and NCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor’s degree program with third year (junior) status at Quinnipiac University on the condition that they: 

  • Graduate with an associate in arts, an associate in science in business, College of Technology engineering science, nursing or an allied health degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (this may be higher in specific programs). 
  • Satisfy all other Quinnipiac University transfer admission requirements and requirements for intended major.

Quinnipiac University agrees to accept the general education embedded in these associate degree programs in accordance with Quinnipiac preferred choices for general education as meeting all the requirements of its undergraduate general education except for the Integrative Capstone Experience and where courses are encumbered by the major (e.g., General Chemistry for the Disciplinary Inquiry Natural Science requirement for a Biochemistry major).

Suggested Transfer Curriculum for BA in Criminal Justice

A minimum of 60 credits is required for transfer into the BA in Criminal Justice program. If possible, it is recommended that students complete Introduction to Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice and Introduction to Sociology prior to transferring to Quinnipiac. Below is a recommended plan of study for the first two years prior to matriculation at Quinnipiac University.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
English I 3
Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Statistics 3
Principles of Sociology 3
Introduction to American Government 3
Spring Semester
English II 3
Introduction to Criminology 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
Elective 3-4
Elective 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
Introduction to Corrections 3
Criminology 3
Elective 3-4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Spring Semester
Criminal Justice Elective 3
Courts and Sentencing 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Credits60-62