Criminal Justice

RWU’s interdisciplinary Criminal Justice program combines courses in policing, corrections and procedure with studies in the social sciences to introduce you to the theory and practice of criminal law and the moral complexity of the criminal justice system. Along with internships and the guidance of our faculty of experienced practitioners, you’ll be prepared for careers such as law enforcement, counseling and probation or to advance into graduate study or law school.

Degree Requirements 

The Criminal Justice Major

Click to Open

The Criminal Justice program introduces students to the theory and practice of the United States criminal justice system.

As a Criminal Justice major, our students receive a professional education combined integrated with liberal arts curriculum that prepare students who wish to pursue careers such as federal, state or municipal law enforcement, human services including counseling, probation and parole, corrections, and the legal profession. 

See Course Requirements

The Criminal Justice Minor

Click to Open

The criminal justice minor is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the criminal justice system and to allow students to develop an appreciation of criminal justice as a social science. This minor is not available to students enrolled as legal studies or criminal justice majors.

See Course Requirements

Criminal Justice 4 + 1 Program

Click to Open

RWU offers a concentrated joint degree program for students interested in criminal justice. The dual degree program allows matriculated students to complete the Juris Doctor (JD) and the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) in an accelerated period of study.

Students who are accepted into this program take two graduate courses in their senior year (one in the fall and one in the spring). The remaining ten courses are completed as a matriculated graduate student.

Application to the program takes place in the student’s junior year. It is strongly recommended that students who are interested in this program speak with the graduate director of the Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice in their sophomore year to discuss admission requirements.

See Course Requirements

A headshot of Jospeh Mckenna

The Foundation

Joseph Mckenna, RWU Class of 2011
Criminal Justice

Joseph McKenna says it was his hand-on, personalized experience in the Roger Williams' Criminal Justice program that laid the foundation for his success as an associate director of research and evaluation for the Texas School Safety Center.

Read full story