College of Arts & Sciences

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to search for a burglary suspect in the dimly lit streets and narrow alleys of a large city in the dead of the night, or what it would be like to be the manager of an entire cell block in a prison? Have you ever wanted to profile a murderer who has eluded detection for years or to deliver the closing argument at a murder trial? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should consider majoring in criminal justice at Seton Hall University. Selecting the major in criminal justice at Seton Hall has many advantages. First, our instructors have worked as probation and parole officers, criminal profilers, and murder trial consultants and, thereby, have real-world work experience. Second, the robust cooperative education program allows students to earn up to nine credits working as an intern in local, state or federal criminal justice agencies. Third, we provide a learning environment where students receive instruction in small classes and can get to know their instructors, all of whom have doctoral degrees and some of whom are nationally and internationally recognized.

The criminal justice curriculum is divided into three areas of study: (1) Criminalization --- the study of the creation and enforcement of the criminal law, with courses that include Police and Modern Society and Prosecution and Adjudication; (2) Criminality --- the study of the causes, correlates and amounts of crime, with courses that include Violent Crime and Victimology; and (3) Corrections --- the study of the punishment and treatment of offenders, with courses that include Penology and Community Supervision.

To graduate with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, students must complete 48 credits in their major, in addition to fulfilling their core requirements, and earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. 

To talk to a faculty adviser, please contact the Criminal Justice Program Secretary at (973) 761-9470 or

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