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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 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

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Sample curriculum

CRJU110

 

Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU201

Problems of Law Enforcement

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH113

 

Contemporary Mathematics (or higher)

PSYC100

 

General Psychology

SOCI201

 

Introduction to Sociology

 

UNIV101

First Year Experience

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Foreign Language Courses

 

CRJU202

Problems of Criminal Judiciary

 

CRJU 203

Problems of Corrections

 

POSC150

Introduction to American Politics or

 

SOCI301

Sociological Research

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

  University Multicultural Course
PSYC325

Child Psychology or

 

PSYC334

Abnormal Psychology

 

 

Criminal Justice Electives

 

 

Science with Lab Breadth Course

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Second Writing Requirement

 

  Elective Courses
POSC403

Civil Liberties or

 

POSC405

Constitutional Law

 

 

Criminal Justice Electives

 

 

Discovery Learning Experience

 

 

Elective Courses

 

  Capstone Course