Criminal Justice

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Rider University’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice is a major within the Law and Justice Program.

The Criminal Justice major provides an excellent foundation to begin a professional career or to pursue advanced study in such fields as corrections, court services, homeland security, juvenile justice, law, law enforcement, rehabilitation services and victim advocacy.

The Criminal Justice Major curriculum combines theory and scholarship with hands-on experiences, through internships and courses with an applied focus. Law and Justice faculty include professors with expertise in criminal justice, law, sociology, ethics, psychology and business forensics — as well as respected practitioners in the field.

With a Criminal Justice degree from Rider you will:

• Discover the underlying social causes of criminal behavior

• Learn how justice is administered

• Evaluate evidence-based policies and strategies designed to enhance public safety

• Learn how to assess the effectiveness of laws and law enforcement approaches

• Develop the essential skills needed to succeed in the criminal justice field

See our exciting new curriculum for the Criminal Justice major!

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Are you a working professional? 

Learn more about Rider's Criminal Justice program for working adults.

For Information Regarding the Law and Justice Program, contact

Victor Thompson
Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology and Criminology
Fine Arts 281

Dr. Victor Thompson (Ph.D., Stanford University) received his Ph.D. in sociology in 2010 from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from 2005-2007 and taught courses on race and ethnicity, political sociology, and urban sociology. He has written on race, crime and public opinion in addition to racial classification.