Be a catalyst for change as you step into the forefront of this exciting and meaningful field
USJ’s Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice Program offers an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum and experiential learning through practical internships to lay the groundwork for career success and the ability to make a difference in our community.
Our B.S. in Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime and criminology. We believe that a holistic view of the context of crime is required before crime and criminal justice methods can be fully and effectively understood. Our curriculum includes courses in psychology, social research, and victimology, using the lens of restorative justice.
Restorative justice focuses on healing the injuries caused by both violent and nonviolent crime, taking into consideration the needs of crime victims and the needs of offenders, while still holding them responsible for their actions. This transformative approach also integrates the roles of communities and governments in solving the social problems that contribute to crime. Students study the underlying principles of accountability with a focus on victims and community, public policy, and specific crime prevention programs.
Please use this academic map as a reference guide. Academic advisors are always available to discuss the required courses depending on each student’s needs.
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Internships & Career Oppurtunities
All classes at USJ are taught by our expert faculty, who offer ample mentorship opportunities. Students build on their education with practical internship experiences in Connecticut and the surrounding areas, including York Correctional Institute and other Department of Correction facilities, Hartford Police Department, CT Juvenile Training Academy Community Partners in Action, Adult and Child Probation (Judicial Branch), Community Court (Judicial Branch), Public Defender’s Office (Judicial Branch), and the Office of the Victim Advocate. Potential careers: police officer, resource officer, restorative justice coordinator, investigative journalist, FBI agent, detective, lawyer, victims’ rights advocate, and more.
Unlike a traditional Criminal Justice degree, USJ’s program is designed with a unique focus, moving away from previous thinking and toward the innovative use of restorative theory and practice across all fields. Through their study of restorative justice, students learn about underlying principles of accountability, while focusing on victims and community, general public policies, and specific programs and practices.
Clubs & Organizations
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