The curriculum of the Criminal Justice major is interdisciplinary, which provides great advantages in career choices. The major provides students with a background in various aspects of criminal law, criminology, policing, corrections, and victimology as well as issues of race and gender. Many courses include observations of court proceedings and police functions as well as visits to correctional institutions and programs. A broad background in the social sciences is integrated with specialized criminal justice courses. Experiential learning is also available to criminal justice students enrolled in Service Learning courses and internships.
B.A. In Criminal Justice
M.A. in Criminal Justice
The mission of the Criminal Justice Program at Kean University is to prepare students as criminal justice professionals who contribute to the community, profession, and discipline through research and administration in the criminal justice system. Students in the program will develop a broad understanding of the criminal justice system including the correctional, courts, and juvenile justice systems; application of the law, and policing. The Criminal Justice Program maintains a philosophy of education that provides a comprehensive curriculum and fosters in its students an appreciation and respect for community, sensitivity for diverse cultures and opinions, and a desire to pursue graduate study.
Declaring a Major
Beginning January 2006, admission into the program and program continuation require a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5. Students must submit a Declaration of Major to Dr. Patrick McManimon with an unofficial transcript. Once Professor Lateano signs the form, he will place the form only in the Department Student Pick Up Box in Willis Hall, Room 305. The student must then submit the form to the Registrar’s Office.
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