BS in Criminal Justice
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Call it the “Law & Order effect.” Thanks to the popular television show, awareness of criminal justice careers is growing. Due in part to increased security after 9/11 and advances in technology, both law enforcement and private sector security continue to be two of the fastest growing fields of this decade.
If you are passionate about problem solving and making a difference, criminal justice could be the major for you. As a criminal justice major at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, you will leverage your outstanding analytical skills while feeding your natural curiosity.
Our undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice (CRJ) prepares students for work in law enforcement-related jobs and for graduate school in law, homeland security, public administration, criminal justice, psychology, social work and sociology. Our curriculum is responsive to the marketplace so that when you graduate your skill-set and knowledge will prepare you for a rewarding professional career.
BS in Criminal Justice
Exciting and relevant coursework includes criminology, investigation, criminal law, evidence and procedure, police-community relations, community policing, terrorism, probation, and corrections. Students are encouraged to minor in a subject area that will increase their marketability, such as computer science, a foreign language or psychology.
Class sizes average from 40 students in 100-level courses, to 25 for the 400-level courses, where student-faculty interaction becomes more intensive. CRJ students receive ongoing advisement, from in-class contacts with the professor, to extended office hours provided by our faculty, as well as when they attend student sponsored events. CRJ faculty members are established leaders in their fields and bring practical experience into the classroom.
BS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE/JD IN LAW
Applicants to the JD program apply during their junior year to begin their law classes in their senior year. You must have a minimum high school grade point average of 85 and a minimum combined mathematics and critical reading SAT score of 1100. You will also be required to take the LSAT and achieve a score of at least 155. Students who do not meet the initial requirements may still apply for consideration after their first year of academic study at Pace University, provided they maintain a GPA of 3.4 or better.
In partnership with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, we offer an executive master’s degree, the Master of Arts in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals. This program combines theory and practice to prepare public- and private-sector law enforcement, military, fire, public health, and other safety and security professionals to prevent and respond to crime, terrorist attacks, and safety hazards.
The Pace Internship program, the largest in the New York Metropolitan Area, assists Pace students in obtaining paid and unpaid professional internships related to their major. Each year more than 1,200 Pace students work in internship positions with more than 300 partner companies. Criminal justice majors have many opportunities to intern with various local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, such as with the U.S. Marshals, local prosecutors, and juvenile justice agencies. Students may earn academic credit for an internship, and many internships lead to jobs upon graduation.
Each year, we host a Criminal Justice Career Day where students meet employers from more than 30 government agencies and gain valuable insight into career opportunities. These events have given our students first-hand information on hiring exams and career opportunities, and many land jobs with the FBI, Secret Service, DEA, and other branches of government under the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, we are proud to say that New York City police, Westchester County police departments and beyond (California, New Hampshire, etc.), are the home of many of our alumni.
Our undergraduate students have successfully moved into careers in law enforcement with some of the following employers:
- Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
- U.S. Customs
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- U.S. Marshal
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Secret Service
- Police and sheriff departments
Bachelor-degree holders will find a number of career opportunities, including:
- Drug enforcement
- Police officer
- Private security
- Foreign service officer
- Probation officer
- Intelligence analyst
With a graduate degree and/or additional experience, additional career opportunities include:
- Child welfare caseworker
- District attorney
- Court administrator
- Counter intelligence agent
- Public defender