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Program Description

Are you ready to protect and serve your community?

Centenary University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the Criminal Justice program will prepare you for a rewarding career in any of the three pillars of the criminal justice system - law enforcement, the courts or corrections. Working with a faculty that includes some of New Jersey’s leading experts, students have the opportunity to explore the structure, administration and dynamics of the criminal justice system.

Our Criminal Justice program combines the University’s liberal arts curriculum with courses that investigate the socio-psychological foundations of criminal justice. Your core coursework will include classes in the behavioral sciences as well as the flexibility to choose from a wide range of electives aimed at your particular area of interest.

A Direct Path to Your Career

Centenary has close ties with the local law enforcement community, which can help our Criminal Justice students make connections and learn about career possibilities well before they graduate. As a result of these relationships, Centenary is able to provide its Criminal Justice majors with:

  • Lectures by guest speakers presently working in the criminal justice system.
  • Field trips to criminal justice facilities.
  • Practical experience through internships with various area police departments, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey Judiciary (probation and drug courts), federal agencies and many more.
  • Specialized programs such as our Certificate in Criminalistics - the only program of its kind in New Jersey.

Our biggest advantage is that our graduates are frequently hired by the police agency in which they worked as an intern.

A Name in the Field

You will find Centenary graduates in all of the region’s major criminal justice organizations including the New Jersey State Police, New York City Police Department, the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey and the Offices of the United States Attorneys.

That includes students in other majors who have taken advantage of our 16-credit minor in Criminal Justice.


Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • AFC1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary I | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts | (4)
  • CJS1001 | Introduction to the Criminal Justice System | (4)
  • WRI1001/1002 | Composition and Rhetoric I or Composition and Rhetoric II | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Humanities | (4)
  • PSY1000 | Introduction to Psychology (CAT IV) | (4)
  • CAT II | Mathematics1 | (4)
  • WRI1002/2012 | Composition and Rhetoric II or Advanced Composition | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Literature | (4)
  • POL1001 | U.S. Political Systems (CAT VI: Democratic Citizenship) | (4)
  • CAT VI | Global Citizenship | (4)
  • CJS | Criminal Justice elective (2001, 2040, or 2045) | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective2 | (4)
  • CJS | Criminal Justice elective | (4)
  • MTH1500 | Statistics for the Social Sciences | (4)
  • MTH1505 | SPSS Lab 1
  • CJS | Criminal Justice elective (2001, 20(4)0, or 2045) | (4)
  • CJS2035 | Forensic Science (CAT V) | (4)
  • POL3001 | American Constitutional Law (4)
  • CJS | Criminal Justice elective | (4)
  • CJS | Criminal Justice elective | (4)
  • SOC4002 | Research Methods in the Social Sciences | (4)
  • CJS | Criminal Justice elective | (4)
  • CJS | Criminal Justice elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • CJS | Criminal Justice elective | (4)
  • CJS | Criminal Justice elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • CJS4001 | Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective1 | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (3)

1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.
7. Students will be guided the degree audit sheet in effect at the time they declare specific major(s). Category III requirements will be guided by the courses listed in the corresponding academic year catalog (once major(s) is/are declared).
8. POL3001 American Constitutional Law should be taken in the first semester of the junior year.
9. SOC4002 Research Methods is designated writing intensive and is to be taken in either semester of the junior year and after MTH1500 and MTH1505 are taken. It is also a pre-requisite for CJS4001 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice.
10. Criminal Justice internship in strongly encouraged but must be earned through successful academic progress.

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Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.