Criminal Justice at Centenary College

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Centenary's Criminal Justice major program has a faculty base that includes some of New Jersey’s foremost authorities in the field and offers a wide range of internship opportunities. We are the only college in New Jersey to offer a certification program in criminalistics.

The Criminal Justice program at Centenary College in New Jersey is designed to prepare students for employment in any of the three components of the Criminal Justice System, 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Courts
  • Corrections

as well as prepare them for graduate studies.

We have several different variations on our program which allows you to decide which aspect of Criminal Justice you would like to earn a degree in. 

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice - Minor in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Minor in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Concentration in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration

The program provides a multi-disciplinary study of the structure, administration and dynamics of the criminal justice system.  Guest speakers presently working in the criminal justice system and field trips to criminal justice facilities are incorporated into appropriate criminal justice courses.

Studies are grounded in the socio-psychological foundation of criminal justice. Our core curriculum is combined with courses in:

  • Socio-psychological science.
  • Behavioral science.
  • The humanities.

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Criminal Justice Employment Opportunities

Many students have graduated and secured positions with:

  • New Jersey State Police
  • New York City Police Department
  • The Port Authority Police of NY and NJ
  • Numerous New Jersey Municipal Police Departments
  • Out-of-state Police Agencies
  • Warren County Sheriff’s Office
  • The New Jersey Judiciary
  • The United States Attorney

Certificate Programs

Centenary College formed a Criminal Justice Advisory Board to assist in identifying program goals and needs of the local criminal justice community in January, 2000. Since then, the college has developed a wide range of programs to serve the needs of the region’s law enforcement professionals.

The Certificate in Criminalistics provides a structured approach for law enforcement professionals and forensic specialists who have not yet decided on an undergraduate degree. There are more than 60 law enforcement personnel enrolled in part-time studies from more than 40 different police departments or prosecutor’s offices.

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The Social Sciences Department works closely with students to assist them in determining career goals. In furtherance of this end, internships are offered during the senior year of study to provide qualified students the opportunity to work with a criminal justice agency to meet individual needs, gain practical experience and apply concepts learned in the traditional classroom setting.

Internships can be arranged with:

  • Various area police departments.
  • County Prosecutor’s Office
  • New Jersey Judiciary (Probation and Drug Courts)
  • Various federal agencies.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations working in Criminal Justice
    • Crime Victims' Rights
    • Domestic Violence, etc. 

Students in their senior year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above may apply for an internship with an appropriate criminal justice agency. Several recent graduates were hired by the police agency in which the student worked as a college intern. Eligible criminal justice students must first meet with their faculty advisor to apply. 

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Keynote Speaker
Ray Kelly

Commissioner Ray Kelly Discusses Serving as Commencement Keynote Speaker on WCBS and WOR Radio

Commissioner Ray Kelly was interviewed by WCBS and WOR Radio about his professional experiences and serving as Centenary College’s keynote speaker at the institution’s 141 Commencement on May 14th. During the interviews, Kelly shared parts of his delivered speech to Centenary College’s graduating class of 2016 including words of wisdom and anecdotes from his own career. Below, please find a link to listen to Ray Kelly’s full interviews on WCBS and WOR Radio.

 Ray Kelly - WOR

 Ray Kelly - WCBS