The Criminal Justice (CRIM) program at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey provides students with an understanding of the criminal justice system from the perspective of the social sciences. Its primary focus is academic — an examination of an important aspect of American society — rather than training for specific roles in the criminal justice system. The program plans to:
- Have students learn different theories of crime and criminality and their applicability to criminal justice issues.
- Have students understand principles of criminal justice research.
- Have students understand basic statistical issues.
- Encourage students to think critically.
- Teach students to evaluate the quality of sources of information.
- Provide students with a greater understanding of the courts, legal system, and Constitution and the critical issues confronting these entities and their place in the criminal justice system and our society.
- Provide students with a greater understanding of the police and the issues confronting law enforcement.
- Provide students with a greater understanding of corrections and the issues confronting the corrections systems.
- Teach students about the complicated relationship between diverse groups and the U.S. criminal justice system.
- Introduce students to ethical considerations in criminal justice work.
- Prepare students to continue their education at the graduate level.
Students may declare a concentration by filling out the appropriate section on the change of major form and having a CRIM faculty member sign it.
Forensic Psychology -
Forensic psychology is a burgeoning field in the social and behavioral sciences. It explores the application of the science and the profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to the law and legal systems. Research and practice in forensic psychology have been approached from a broad range of theoretical perspectives, from psychoanalytic to behavioral-genetic. Forensic psychologists explore issues ranging from the criminal mind to the origins of rules that govern the structure of societies.
CRIM 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
PSYC 1100 - Introduction to Psychology
CRIM 2114 - Theories of Criminality
PSYC 2211 - Abnormal Psychology
CRIM 3145 - Sex Crimes
PSYC 3302 - Personality
CRIM/PSYC 3646 - Forensic Behavior Analysis
Forensic Investigation -
The forensic investigation concentration is designed to give students an overview of career options in crime scene investigation, blood spatter examination, crime scene photography, fingerprint examination, ballistics, and criminal behavior. Students interested in careers in law enforcement, and the legal profession will find this unique track challenging and rewarding.
CRIM 2610 - Introduction to Forensic Science
CRIM 2101 - Criminal Procedures: Investigations - OR - CRIM 3747 - Evidence
CRIM 3646 - Forensic Behavior Analysis
CRIM 3770 - Advanced Forensic Science
CRIM 4870 - Forensic Science Internship
Homeland Security -
Courses in the Homeland Security concentration focus on terrorism, federal law enforcement, intelligence, military strategy, policing, national and global security, disaster management, and emergency preparedness. Students completing this concentration may be able to pursue careers within a variety of Federal and State agencies, as well as in law enforcement or with private security firms.
Required courses - Students must complete all 3 (THREE) of the following courses:
CRIM 2211 - Terrorism
CRIM - Any of the Law and Judicial Process courses (including CRIM 2100, 2101, 2102, 2108, 3104, 3123)
CRIM 3320 - Homeland Security
Electives - Students must complete 2 (TWO) of the following courses:
POLS 2190 - Introduction to Public Policy
POLS 3313 - The International Order
POLS 3221 - Constitutional Law
CRIM 2101 - Criminal Procedure: Investigations
POLS 2160 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 2170 - Introduction to International Politics
PUBH 2435 - Fires, Flood, Famine: Communities in Crisis
ANTH 1100 - Introduction to Anthropology
4+1 dual degree program -
The dual BA/MA degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to offer students a broad, multidisciplinary and multidimensional perspective of the criminal justice system. Students will embark on an intensive academic experience for five years. This program includes all of the liberal arts courses that all Criminal Justice students at Stockton are expected to take, plus all of the undergraduate and graduate core Criminal Justice classes. Students have the choice of either completing the requirements for the Master’s Degree as a generalist student, or they may choose the Forensic Psychology or Homeland Security track. This is an intense program and not recommended for students who have to work many hours outside of school. Students who are interested in the program should contact the 4+1 degree coordinator to see if they meet criteria.
Certificate Program in Forensic Science -
The certificate program in forensic science is designed to provide a focus for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in forensic science. This program is specially designed for students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry or biology and for those who have already graduated but would like to pursue a career in forensic science by taking additional courses. Criminal justice majors may also complete the program. A student who completes the program will be knowledgeable about the criminal justice system, a systematic search at the crime scene, proper procedures for collection, packaging and preservation and transportation of physical evidence, methods of analysis of physical evidence using the knowledge of science and the significance of expert witness testimony.
The Criminal Justice Internship Program is a cooperative effort between Stockton's Criminal Justice Program and public or private criminal justice agencies. Internships give students the opportunity to apply their Criminal Justice education to actual work situations. Students will apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to supervised work experiences at selected agencies, working under the supervision of both Criminal Justice faculty members and professionals in the field. Internships are available in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
Students may earn up to eight (8) credits for internships at the undergraduate level. Students are required to complete 140 hours of service at the agency in exchange for 4 credits, and 70 hours of service at the agency for 2 credits. Students will also be required to complete academic work, such as a journal of their daily activities at the agency and a research paper on the agency itself.
The application deadlines are as follows: Spring internship deadline is October 20, Summer internship deadline is February 20, and Fall internship deadline is March 20. An application must be completed and the background check paid for and initiated by that date in order to the eligible for the following semester’s internship.
- Gain practical, on-the-job experience in professional settings
- Clarify career goals and assess readiness to enter a chosen profession
- Integrate knowledge learned in the classroom with real-world employment situations
- Must be a CRIM major
- Must have Junior or Senior class standing
- GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Have taken CRIM 2140 or 2141 (Research Methods) and passed with a C or better
- Must meet all application deadlines
- Must pay for and pass a criminal background check
- Must meet any agency-specific requirements
Criminal justice students with a concentration in Forensic Investigations are required to meet the above requirements as well as having completed the required courses for the concentration. These students are required to work 280-300 hours in exchange for 4 credits.
Susan Fahey, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Office: H232, Phone: 609-652-4993, Email: email@example.com
Stockton CSI camp -
The Stockton CSI summer camp is designed to immerse high school students in the process of investigating a criminal case and bringing it to trial. Campers investigate a staged homicide scene, request forensic analyses on the evidence they collect, question witnesses, prepare a case for trial, and present the case in front of a mock judge and jury. Every step of the way, the campers learn from professionals in the field, including police investigators, criminologists, forensic psychologists, attorneys, medical examiner investigators, and corrections officers. There are also two field trips -- one to the county medical examiner's office and another to the county jail.
Study Abroad -
The goal of the International Education program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is to permit Stockton students to gain practical experience and knowledge about countries outside of the United States. The International Education Program includes the Study Abroad Program, Study Tours, and Exchange Programs with institutions abroad.