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Criminal Justice

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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice


Discovering Justice in Society

The criminal justice major offers a liberal arts approach to crime, law, and justice that integrates theory, research and legal analysis.  It emphasizes the history of crime and the criminal justice system, the structure of its institutions and problems faced by professionals and leaders at every level, from the halls of Congress to the urban police beat. Criminal justice is a multidisciplinary field that draws together perspectives from sociology, political science, psychology, history, philosophy and law in an effort to understand major issues surrounding the causes of criminal behavior, inequalities in the criminal justice system and the organization of criminal justice institutions. As a student in this program, you will develop the analytic tools to address the real world challenges of the criminal justice system and prepare yourself for the widest possible range of life ambitions and career goals. 

Areas of study

  • Criminology
  • Criminal Law
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Crime and Inequality
  • Restorative Justice
  • Criminal Justice Institutions and Systems
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • Substance Abuse
  • Criminal Justice Policy

Career Options

  •     Law Enforcement Officer (federal, state, local)
  •     Probation and Parole Officer
  •     Lawyer
  •     Paralegal
  •     Court Administrator
  •     Victim Services Counselor
  •     Financial Fraud Investigator
  •     Research Analyst

Graduate School

  •     Law
  •     Criminology/Criminal Justice
  •     Social Sciences
  •     Public Administration
  •     Social Work
  •     Forensic Science

What’s special about this program?


Faculty members in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice have achieved national and international recognition for their published research and other scholarly activities. They have won numerous teaching and advisement awards at the departmental, college and university levels. The department is affiliated with two internationally renowned research centers: the Center for Drug and Health Studies (CDHS) and the Disaster Research Center (DRC). The major provides opportunities for experiential learning including undergraduate research, study abroad and field experience in professional settings. The Inside/Out Program allows undergraduates and incarcerated men and women to take courses together inside a state correctional institution.

Get involved


Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society

HenLaw Society

UD Mock Trial Team

Field Experience Internships

Undergraduate Research

Study Abroad

Sample curriculum



Introduction to Criminal Justice

Problems of Law Enforcement



Seminar in Composition




Contemporary Mathematics (or higher)



General Psychology



Introduction to Sociology



First Year Experience



University Breadth Courses



Foreign Language Courses



Problems of Criminal Judiciary


CRJU 203

Problems of Corrections



Introduction to American Politics or



Sociological Research



University Breadth Courses



Foreign Language Course


  University Multicultural Course

Child Psychology or



Abnormal Psychology



Criminal Justice Electives



Science with Lab Breadth Course



University Breadth Courses



Second Writing Requirement


  Elective Courses

Civil Liberties or



Constitutional Law



Criminal Justice Electives



Discovery Learning Experience



Elective Courses


  Capstone Course

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