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The Criminal Justice Program at the University of Delaware offers
undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue studies leading to
law school, graduate school, or a career in the administration of
justice. The program is structured around a core of criminal
justice courses on such topics as law enforcement, the judicial
process, juvenile justice, corrections, and the criminal law.
Since any criminal justice system does not exist in isolation but
naturally reflects the structure, ideas, and concerns of the
society in which it operates, the Criminal Justice Program draws
from a wide variety of academic disciplines -- political science,
psychology, history, and sociology. Consequently, graduating
criminal justice majors will have achieved the skills and breadth
of knowledge expected of well educated men and women in a complex and
An integral component of the
Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice is the field
experience - a directed practicum with a criminal justice agency
that gives the highly motivated student the opportunity to bridge
the gap between the theory and the practice of criminal justice. The
field experience is an optional course which is graded on a
pass/fail basis and counts as a free elective. In the field
experience, students are provided the opportunity to work on a
firsthand basis in actual agency situations. Each field
experience also includes a series of seminars directed by a
faculty member and designed to help students integrate the field
experience with their classroom learning. Students who are
already employed in the criminal justice system are encouraged
to discuss with the faculty how their program of study might be
adapted to fit their individual needs and contribute to their
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Any incoming freshman or transfer students may declare Criminal
Justice as a major. Matriculated students who are undeclared or changing
to a Criminal Justice major from another major at UD, may transfer in
if their overall cumulative grade point average at the University of
Delaware is at least 2.0.
The requirements for the degree in Criminal Justice include 30 credits in the major plus related work.
See Course Descriptions
Criminal Justice (30 credits)
CRJU 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 201 Problems of Law Enforcement
CRJU 202 Problems of Criminal Judiciary
CRJU 203 Problems of Corrections
CRJU Electives (6 courses at 300 or 400 level except CRJU 495)
Required Related Courses (21 credits)
SOCI 201 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 301 Introduction to Social Research
POSC 150 Introduction to American Politics
AND any 1 of the following:
POSC 401 Topics in Law and Politics
POSC 402 The First Amendment
POSC 403 Civil Liberties
POSC 405 Constitutional Law
PSYC 100 General Psychology
PSYC 301 Personality
PSYC 303 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYC 325 Child Psychology
PSYC 334 Abnormal Psychology
elective courses may be taken on a pass/fail basis. However, students
generally are allowed to take only one pass/fail course per
semester. CRJU 495 (Field Experience) is a pass/fail course which
counts as a free elective. But since CRJU 495 is offered as a
pass/fail course only, CRJU 495 students may take another free
elective course on a pass/fail basis in the same semester.
Criminal Justice is a career-oriented liberal arts major focusing upon
the inter-relationship among crime, the criminal justice system,
and society as a whole. As such, there are many potential career
opportunities for a student studying criminal justice. The
following list represents some of these opportunities: municipal,
county or state police officer, Federal law enforcement officer,
court administrator, juvenile court counselor, correctional
counselor, correctional administrator, probation officer,
pre-professional training, law, presentence investigator, private
security officer or investigator, parole officer, social worker,
juvenile after-care worker, criminal justice educator or
researcher, criminal justice planner or evaluator.
Over the past two decades, over 500 graduates of the University's
Criminal Justice Program have gone on to law school and are now
pursuing careers in law. However, it should be noted that law
school admissions officials do not give any special advantage to
applicants who have pursued undergraduate majors in criminal
justice. Indeed, a student's undergraduate major is not a
particularly important criterion affecting law school admissions
decisions. What is far more important is that, regardless of
major, the prospective law student will have pursued a rigorous
curriculum that requires superior skills in writing, reading
comprehension, and analytical ability, the Criminal Justice
Program is designed to do just that.
Students seeking more information about the criminal justice degree
program may contact Dr. Eric Rise, Associate Chairperson for the
Criminal Justice Program, 325 Smith Hall.