Criminal Justice, BS
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.
Pace has been nationally ranked third in College Factual's list of 2019 Best Criminal Justice Programs for Returning Adults Analysis, placing the University in the top 1 percent of all US schools for nontraditional students studying criminal justice.
The exciting and relevant coursework in our BS in Criminal Justice program includes criminology, investigation, criminal law, evidence and procedure, police-community relations, community policing, terrorism, probation, and corrections. Our curriculum is responsive to the marketplace, so that when you graduate your skillset and knowledge will prepare you for a rewarding professional career. Students are encouraged to minor in a subject area that will increase their marketability, such as computer science, a foreign language or psychology. Students become prepared for work in law enforcement-related jobs and for graduate school in law, homeland security, public administration, criminal justice, psychology, social work and sociology. Approximately 25% of our CRJ students go on to law school, and a growing number enter our MA in homeland security program.
Faculty Interaction and Advisement
CRJ faculty members are established leaders in their fields and bring practical experience into the classroom, and student-faculty interaction becomes more intensive as students progress through their program. CRJ students receive ongoing advisement from professors through in-class contact and during their extended office hours. Students can receive additional advisement by attending student-sponsored events.
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 US Marshals, local prosecutors, and juvenile justice agencies. Students may earn academic credit for an internship, and many internships lead to jobs upon graduation.
The Criminal Justice Society
The Criminal Justice Society is a student-led club provides resume-building professional experiences outside the classroom. Members organize lectures, professional meetings, hands-on activities, and special events. By getting involved, you can make new friends and develop a network of colleagues.
Graduate and Combined Degree Programs
In partnership with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, we also 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 department also offers a combined BS in Criminal Justice/JD in Law program. Applicants to the JD program apply during their junior year to begin their law classes in their senior year. For this program, you are required to take the LSAT and achieve an appropriate score.
Our undergraduate students have successfully moved into careers in law enforcement, with agencies a
- Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
- US Customs
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- US Marshal
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Secret Service
- Police and sheriff departments
Students with a bachelor’s degree may find a number of career opportunities, such as:
- Drug enforcement agent
- Police officer
- Private security consultant
- 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
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