Criminal Justice

Interested in crime, and society’s response to it?

Consider the field of Criminal Justice: work in law enforcement, security, corrections, and court administration.

Criminal justice can be defined as the system though which crimes and criminals are identified, apprehended, judged, and punished. Broadly speaking it includes law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, but may also include specializations such as juvenile justice, crime scene investigation, cyber crime, private investigation and more.

Brookdale’s two-year degree program is both a transfer and a career program – our graduates can find employment or go on to earn their B. A. degree.

Included among our five different study options are a specialization in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and a transfer option into the National Security Studies bachelor’s degree program at New Jersey City University.

Under a new agreement you may also transfer your Brookdale-earned Social Sciences A. A. degree (Criminal Justice option) to Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick. Learn more about this option.

What’s the employment outlook?

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the field is generally a growing one with excellent starting salaries, but impossible to generalize here as there are so many specializations within it. For instance:

  • Police and detectives are detailed here, and private investigators and detectives here.
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, here.
  • Security officers and gaming surveillance, here.
  • Information security analysts, here.

Do you have specific questions about Brookdale’s Criminal Justice programs? Or wish to visit campus and speak with students and faculty? Please contact Professor Guy Pellicane, Department Chair, at 732-224-2105 or email