May 21, 2018  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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This program prepares students for a career in the wide array of public and private opportunities in the legal setting from law enforcement to cyberlaw investigation. Students will develop interpersonal, technological, problem solving, critical reasoning, and administrative skills and competencies through interdisciplinary courses in law, behavioral and social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities all supported by a core curriculum that develops a strong liberal arts background. The curriculum challenges students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-life situations through a series of foundational courses culminating in a senior internship/practicum in a legal setting such as a police department, prosecutor’s or public defender’s office, or law office.

Vocational areas available to criminal justice majors include law enforcement and corrections, juvenile justice, victim services and other social services within the criminal justice system, asset protection and private security, law and juvenile administration, and forensic psychology and science.

Job opportunities exist in local, state and federal governmental settings and also with private for profit and nonprofit entities. In addition, graduates from Rivier University’s law related programs of study have a record of consistent success in obtaining admission to New England law schools and graduate programs, partly due to the intense personal exposure to the surrounding legal community during internships and other community-based, law-related learning experiences.


Students who complete degree requirements in Criminal Justice should be able to:

  • comprehend the diverse applications of criminal law
  • apply technology to issues in criminal justice and law
  • understand the historical basis of crime, its causes, and the social-political issues that continue to shape criminal justice and law
  • work collaboratively in this interdisciplinary field to prevent and solve crimes and reduce recidivism
  • conduct investigations and gather evidence in compliance with constitutional mandates
  • conduct social science and legal research using databases and texts
  • become familiar with criminal justice research and literature, especially as it concerns alternative correction methodologies
  • creatively problem solve and critically think about issues in criminal justice, including the juvenile justice system
  • proactively seek social justice
  • communicate in writing, visually, and orally in a precise and articulate manner
  • systematically carry out administrative tasks
  • promote and demonstrate ethical behavior in criminal justice and legal settings


Proficiency in subject knowledge is assessed through class discussion; projects and assignments related to the subject matter; experiential learning; research papers; oral reports; examination; capstone experiences; and internships and practica.

Transfer Policy

Consistent with the requirements outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog, students seeking to transfer credits earned at other institutions toward a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Rivier University must have earned a combined GPA of 2.0 or better at the other institution.  Students must have earned a GPA of 2.5 or better for each course that they seek to transfer as the equivalent of a CJ major required course. Transfer students must complete at least half of the courses in the major/minor at Rivier University. For the major, a minimum of three upper-level courses must be taken at Rivier University. CJ 495, Internship/ Practicum must be completed at Rivier University.

General Education Requirements (minimum 42 credits)

Major Requirements (42 credits)

General Electives (36 credits)

Degree Requirements (120 credits)

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