College of Business and Public Administration

Degree Programs

B.A. in Criminal Justice

Mission Statement

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 Professor Lateano with an unofficial transcript. Once Professor Lateano signs the form, he will place the form only in the Department Student Pick Up Box in 305 Willis. The student must then submit the form to the Registrar’s Office.


Master of Art in Criminal Justice

The MA in Criminal Justice will be a general course of study of the various systems within the criminal justice system, the current theoretical models explaining crime and delinquency, their practical use in addressing crime and enforcement, and the use of scientific inquiry to research and address the theoretical and practical problems facing the criminal justice system currently and in the future.

The Criminal Justice discipline is relatively new, compared to psychology, sociology and political science. However, it is a discipline that is in constant change. The Masters of Arts is designed to ensure that students keep pace with this changing environment and are prepared to be productive contributors to the debate on policy and practice through instruction in the three major components of the system: police, courts, and corrections. Preparation to fulfill this challenge also requires students to learn to be good consumers of information as well as versed in research and data analysis.

Students will explore differing paradigms that link criminal justice practices to theoretical explanations of crime including social, psychological, and behavioral. These explanations will drive the process of crime and control and system approaches in the coming decades because of the ever expanding costs to taxpayers at the expense of other social institutions. The program is designed to ensure that students can become productive, engaged contributors to the changing field of criminal justice.

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