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Are you interested in learning about the Criminal Justice System?  Have you ever wondered what makes the United States’ Due Process Model so unique in the modern world?  Are you interested in Social Justice; not just policing and corrections, but how to apply crime theories to prevent crime and to enhance rehabilitation efforts?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should consider majoring in criminal justice at Seton Hall University. Selecting the major in criminal justice at Seton Hall has many advantages. First, our instructors have relevant experience in the practical side of Criminal Justice; our full time professors are active researchers and scholars who produce work that influences theory and policy, additionally they also have actual, practical experience in the Criminal Justice profession, as trial consultants, police officers and forensic psychological clinical experience.  In addition, our adjuncts are either practicing attorneys or police officers.  Our education program is based on a Social Science model, which teaches students how to be critical thinkers utilizing an overall criminal justice education, including research and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice.  This Social Science model encourages students to minor in relevant areas that will serve to position them, advantageously, in the criminal justice field.  We encourage students to minor in Languages, Computer Science, Political Science, Physical Science and other disciplines to enhance their criminal justice major.

For practical experience, students are encouraged to participate in our Co-Op program as student interns, to earn up to nine credits working as an intern in local, state or federal criminal justice agencies. Third, we provide a learning environment where which e students receive instruction in small classes and can get to know their instructors, all of whom have doctoral degrees and some of whom are nationally and internationally recognized.

The criminal justice curriculum is divided into the following areas of study: (1) The development of the modern criminal Justice system: the study of the evolution and enforcement of the criminal law, with courses that include Police and Modern Society and Prosecution and Adjudication; (2) Criminal Behavior:  the study of the causes, correlates and amounts of crime, with courses that feature an introduction to Criminological Theories and the application of the theories in crime control, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.  This area also includes Violent Crime and Victimology; and (3) Corrections: the study of the evolution and philosophies of punishment and treatment of offenders, with courses that include Corrections, Forensic Assessment and Risk Assessment, Treatment and Re-Entry.

To graduate with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, students must complete 48 credits in their major, in addition to fulfilling their core requirements, and earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.  To talk to a faculty adviser, please contact the Criminal Justice department’s secretary at  (973) 761-9470 or daisy.berwick@shu.edu.

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