Criminal Justice

RWU’s interdisciplinary 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.

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The Criminal Justice Major

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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. 

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The Criminal Justice Minor

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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.

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Criminal Justice 4 + 1 Program

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This program allows exceptional undergraduate, criminal justice majors the opportunity to earn six graduate credits during their senior year and the remainder of the course requirements for the Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice in a single, post-graduate year. This is an accelerated program for students who intend to study criminal justice full-time at the graduate level.

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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.

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