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Centenary University is committed to a quality liberal arts career-oriented education to engage students in learning and prepare them for satisfying careers, successful lives, career advancement, community service, and lifelong intellectual pursuits.  Responding to the needs of the criminal justice community, and in an effort to provide you with a quality education and prepare you for a successful career in the criminal justice system, the University established this innovative, practitioner-based program.

The program is interdisciplinary and explores the causes and effects of crime, and the analytical, investigatory and technology-based responses to it.  A theoretical understanding of the causes and results of crime is covered.  The criminal justice classroom experience combines an understanding of theory with a hands-on practical application of current criminal justice best practices.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for employment in any of the three primary components of the criminal justice system:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Courts
  • Corrections

Additionally, students will be well prepared for employment in related criminal justice fields such as Victims Services, Crime Scene Processing, Security Services and Investigations, Crime Analysis, Probation, Parole, Police Misconduct, Homeland Security, Paralegal and Legal Assistant Studies, and a wide variety of careers in and around government services.  The program also provides the rigorous preparation necessary for students who wish to continue their education at the graduate level; particularly in the University’s Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration Program.

Criminal justice courses are taught by faculty members that have experience working in the criminal justice system, and expert guest lecturers are frequently used.

Internships are encouraged for Criminal Justice majors meeting the requirements in their junior and/or senior years of study.  Internships offer real-life learning and often lead to job opportunities upon graduation.

Criminal Justice students are encouraged to complete a minor in Paralegal and Legal Assistant  Studies and/or Law and Government.  These minors are appropriate for anyone wishing to work in the criminal justice system.  They are comprised of 16 to 18 credits, that can be taken within the Criminal Justice major via elective credits; without taking any extra courses.

Program Highlights:

  • Prepares students for careers in all facets of the criminal justice system; federal, state, and local.
  • Instruction by faculty with extensive experience working in the criminal justice system.
  • Practical exercises in numerous classes to enhance understanding of material.
  • Optional internships available.
  • Criminal Justice Club activities to expand experience outside of the classroom.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice

University Catalog

Available Minors

Criminal Justice Minor
Law & Government Minor
Paralegal and Legal Assistant Studies Minor


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.

A Master's in Leadership & Public Administration

Centenary University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Leadership and Public Administration is designed to prepare students to advance into supervisory and management positions in any career field. We conveniently offer two options for this 30-credit program, depending on students’ schedules and learning styles - online or in person.

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