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Criminal Justice

Statue of Lady Justice

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice


Discovering Justice in Society


The criminal justice major offers a liberal arts approach that integrates theory, research and the analysis of substantive law. 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 social causes of criminal behavior, inequalities in the criminal justice system and management 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 Criminal Justice
  • Crime and Inequality
  • Social Justice

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


Sociology and Criminal Justice Club

Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity

UD Mock Trial Team

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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



Criminal Justice Course



Introduction to American Politics or



General Psychology or



Introduction to Sociology



Sociological Research



University Breadth Courses



Foreign Language Course



Science Elective Course


  University Multicultural Course

Child Psychology or



Abnormal Psychology



Criminal Justice Electives



Science with Lab Breadth Requirement



University Breadth Course



Second Writing Requirement


  Elective Courses

Civil Liberties or



Constitutional Law



Discovery Learning Experience



Criminal Justice Electives


  University Breadth Course