Program overview

Develop an in-depth understanding of the law, legal institutions and processes and their relationship to social, moral, political and economic issues.

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Major requirements

The criminal justice major blends theory with applied learning to provide students with a broad understanding of the justice system. Our multidisciplinary program features coursework in economics, political science, psychology and sociology.

Serve your fellow citizens

Rider’s criminal justice degree paves the way for a range of career possibilities in law enforcement and law-related professions including corrections, court services, juvenile justice, law enforcement and rehabilitation services. Students also possess a strong foundation for entering law school or pursuing graduate study at Rider and beyond. 

Alumni placements:

  • FBI
  • U.S Customs and Border Enforcement
  • New Jersey State Police
  • Trenton Police Department
  • New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety
  • Wong Fleming (global law firm)
  • Spring Lake Police Department
  • West Windsor- Plainsboro Regional School District
Jose Corado, Continuing Studies alumnus

Explore various aspects of the law

Explore and expand your interests in law and justice by taking on a variety of professional internships to narrow down your area of interest. Recent student internships and shadow experiences include the Trenton Police Department, U.S. Marshals, Somerset County Public Defender, Bucks County Peace and Justice Center and Womanspace, Inc.

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Criminal Justice (B.A.)

Victor Thompson

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Department of Sociology and Criminology

Fine Arts Building

vthompson [at]


Academic Focus: Sociology

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