Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Program Contact: Alan S. Bruce   203-582-8458

This distinctive criminal justice degree program offers students a well-integrated education, placing criminal and deviant behavior within a wider sociological context. Students are exposed to courses ranging from crime response philosophy to criminal justice public policy. Carefully structured internships assure students of practical applications of course material. Upon successful degree completion, students are prepared to continue their education or assume careers in fields such as policing, corrections, law, social work, public administration, teaching, international peacekeeping and many fields related to crime control and administration of justice.

Criminal Justice Curriculum

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

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
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
Women in the Criminal Justice System (SO/WS 232) (course cross-listed)
Organized Crime
Youth Crime (SO 250)
Sexual Violence
Public Order Crimes (SO 271)
Select one of the following criminal justice in practice options:3
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Investigative Techniques
Probation Parole and Community Corrections
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Independent Study in Criminal Justice 3
Select two of the following advanced elective options:6
Victimology
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
Inside-Out Prison Exchange Seminar
Constitution, Ethics and Policing
Advanced Internship in the Community (SO 394/GT 394)
Independent Study in Criminal Justice
Free Electives16-19
Total Credits120-126

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will achieve 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, 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 freshmen 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.