A Dominican University criminal justice degree will introduce you to the complexities, challenges, and goals of the criminal justice system through a robust and challenging curriculum. 

You’ll learn that the criminal justice system is more than cops, courts, corrections, and arrests, and that prosecution and punishment don’t exist in a vacuum. Decisions can be divisive and communities can demand actionable change.

Our faculty will help you identify your professional goals and design a personalized curriculum, including minors, that will equip you to fulfill your employment dreams or continue your education. 

Your classroom studies will be enhanced by field trips, an internship, and extracurricular events, such as Criminal Justice Day, which is an annual event that brings in industry professionals who share their experiences and inspirational stories.

You’ll have an opportunity to be inducted into the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, and if you join our honors program, you may have the opportunity to be published in Illuminate, the undergraduate journal of the Northeast Regional Honors Council.

Our criminal justice degree is a truly flexible and engrossing program that will equip you to play a vital and rewarding role in our society.

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A flexible and rewarding program offering a major in criminal justice and a vital role in our society

The highest levels of personal support

Staff who are committed to your success

The finest small-university athletic program in the region

A spirited campus environment

Close proximity to New York City and three major airports

The Dominican Difference

I really enjoyed Dominican University because I felt like I was someone in class and not just a number. I was able to get to know my professors on a professional level due to the smaller class sizes. The classes at Dominican University helped me be prepared for my career as a Police Officer in Rockaway Township, New Jersey because all of the classes were well rounded, and the professors knew the subjects. Thank you, Dominican University!

Brett Mitchell, ’16, Patrolman, Rockaway Township, New Jersey

Over 15,000

Full-time Faculty

Miles from NYC

100% of First-Time,
Full-Time Freshman Receive Financial Aid

Job Opportunities

Students who study criminal justice find jobs in the private and government sector.

Here are examples of some of the most common jobs criminal justice majors land:

  • Police officer
  • State trooper
  • Deputy sheriff
  • National Security Agency police officer
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation agent
  • Homeland Security agent
  • Correctional officer
  • Probation officer
  • Narcotics officer
  • Private investigator
  • Criminal investigator
  • Criminal profiler
  • Crime prevention specialist
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Fingerprint technician
  • Drug enforcement administration agent
  • Homicide detective
  • Jail screener
  • Parole officer
  • Youth correctional counselor
  • Criminal justice teacher
  • Customs inspector

What You’ll Learn

Through our criminal justice program, you develop an understanding of the criminal justice system, the nature of crime, and the interactive roles of the individual and society in the commission, restraint, and prevention of crime.

Degree Details


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Course structure

If you choose our criminal justice degree, you’ll complete 120 credits consisting of your choice of a robust selection of elective courses, related courses, and the following core courses:

CJ 113 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 226 Police, Citizen & Community
CJ 227 Law and Society
CJ 230 Juvenile Justice
CJ 372 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJ 471 Internship
CJ 472 Capstone Seminar

You’ll also complete a 100-hour internship and, in your senior year, a capstone seminar.

Department Staff

Tara Parrello, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Tara Parrello, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Coordinator of Criminal Justice, and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Ilya Slavinski, Ph.D.

Ilya Slavinski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

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