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    The Criminal Justice Track prepares students careers in law enforcement, corrections, security and forensics. Required courses in the program include Criminology, the American Legal System, Sociology of Deviance, and Juvenile Delinquency. Criminal justice courses taken in other accredited institutions that are a C or higher are transferable. UB Criminal Justice track students are also encouraged to take courses in Martial Arts and foreign languages. Internships with law enforcement agencies are available. Students interested in Criminal Justice will graduate with a B.A. in Social Science and also will have earned a minor in Criminal Justice. The B.A. in Social Science/Criminal Justice track provides an excellent introduction to social science methods, which prepare students for objective assessment and analysis of situations. The Social Science program allows students to explore all of the social sciences while preparing for a career in criminal justice. Recent graduates in the Criminal Justice track have gone on to pursue graduate study in criminal justice and have also been employed in the police work and in federal agencies involved in security.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline July 1 is the last date to apply for the Fall Semester which begins late August/early September;November 1 is the last date to apply for the Spring Semester which begins mid-January Tuition fee
    • USD 30965 Year (National)
    • USD 30965 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    In order to complete the Criminal Justice Track students are required to complete the following courses:

    • SOC 188x Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 Semester Hours
    • SOC 315 Criminology 3 Semester Hours
    • PSCI 233 Introduction to the American Legal System 3 Semester Hours or
    • PSCI 101 American Government 3 Semester Hours
    • SOC 311 Juvenile Delinquency 3 Semester Hours or
    • SOC 270 Sociology of Deviance 3 Semester Hours or
    • HUSV 315 Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency 3 Semester Hours
    • PSCI 333 The Terror Network 3 Semester Hours
    • SOC 398 Internship in Criminal Justice 3 Semester Hours

    The Social Sciences major is designed to provide students with a liberal arts experience from the perspective of the social sciences. It is innovative both in its interdisciplinary approach to subject matter and the options it offers students to pursue their goals, whether in graduate school or government or the foreign service, in international agencies or business, in the law, teaching or community service. In addition to completing the major (i.e. meeting the requirements indicated in Groups I & II), students may choose to add (i) concentrations in History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or (ii) minors in career-related areas such as International Business, Finance, Human Services, and Education. Career opportunities traditionally available to liberal arts students are much enhanced by the flexibility the Social Science major permits. In its interdisciplinary approach, its emphasis on breadth as well as depth of learning, and its focus on practical skills, the Social Science major prepares students for success in their careers, for leadership roles in their communities and the world, and for self-fulfillment.

    Concentration in Social Science

    The Criminal Justice Track is designed for students interested in law enforcement. Internships with law enforcement agencies are available. Required courses include Criminology, the American Legal System, Sociology of Deviance, and Juvenile Delinquency. Criminal Justice students are encouraged to take courses in Martial Arts and foreign languages. The Social Science major offers concentrations in criminal justice, political science, international studies, economics, sociology, and psychology. It provides an excellent introduction to social science methods and it makes it possible to explore all of the social sciences while preparing for a career in criminal justice.

    Honor Societies

    Students in the Social Science Criminal Justice track who excel in the program are eligible for induction into the Beta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, the International Social Science Honor Society. Membership in the society offers a number of benefits including an automatic GD-7 grade as a beginning employee for the Federal government.

    Job and Internship Opportunities

    Students in the Criminal Justice track intern with State and City police in Connecticut and New York. Students have also interned for Federal Agencies. Graduates of this program work with municipal and State police forces and with Federal security agencies. They have also been accepted into top graduate programs in criminal justice including the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.


    William D. Lay oversees the study of Criminal Justice in the College of Public and International Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Chemistry. He earned his Juris Doctor at Columbia University where he served as Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Upon graduation he served as the law clerk of the Honorable Joseph W. Bellacosa, Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals, State of New York, the highest court in the State of New York. He worked with Judge Bellacosa at a time that criminal law in New York underwent major reforms. Turning to private practice he joined the Law Firm of Skadden, Arps, the largest and one of the most prestigious law firm in the United States. He also has served with the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City.

    Beth Skott is Chair of Social Sciences. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the University of Connecticut where she earned her Ph.D. in Sociology. Dr. Skott advises Social Science students in the fields of Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Pre-Law. Dr. Skott teaches Research Methods on the Graduate and Undergraduate level and she is under contract with Sage Publishers for a book on the teaching of Research Methods. Dr. Skott teaches Criminology and Introduction to Criminal Justice and Social Deviance in the Criminal Justice track.

    Ryan Knox earned his Juris Doctor from University of Connecticut School of Law and his B.A. from Wesleyan University, majoring in government and psychology. Dr. Ryan A. Knox earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University, majoring in government and psychology. He also completed an intensive study on the American Presidency at Yale University. Dr. Knox was a founding member of the University of Connecticut School of Law’s Academic Careers Society, and worked for the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut. Dr. Knox conducted an in depth analysis and assessment of the recently adopted South African Constitution. He was the winner in the South African Moot Court competition adjudicated by Chief Justice Ralph Zulman of the South African Supreme Court of Appeals (South Africa’s highest court). Prior to law school he worked in conjunction with social service agencies and law-enforcement to help youthful offenders to rehabilitate their lives. He has also served as an advisor and speech writer to several national political campaigns.

    Dr. Stephen Healey, who holds degrees in Religion and Society from Eastern Nazarene College, Andover Newton Theological School, and Boston College, is the Director of the World Religions Program and the Interim Chair of the Social Science Program. His research and publications have focused on Religion and Human Rights, the Phenomenology of Conversion, Globalization in Religion, and Public Theology.
    Dr. Charles T. Phillips is the CEO/President of Service For Peace, which implements community based learning in courses on advocacy, leadership and social justice. Dr. Phillips is fluent in Russian and holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Moscow State University. He is the Chairperson for the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Learning and Diversity Education Initiative at the University of Bridgeport.
    Dr. Noel Brown is President of Friends of the United Nations. Previously, he served as the Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), North American regional office. Dr. Brown holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Seattle University, an M.A. in International Law and Organization from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in International Law and Relations from Yale University.

    Alumni and Students

    Students and Alumni from the Criminal Justice track include: Officer Jean Gaie, a 2007 graduate, is a member of the Bridgeport Police Force. Following his graduation from the University of Bridgeport, he went on to graduate study at the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences with a focus on Homeland Security.

    Tom Jones is a 2007 graduate of the program and is currently working in one of the Federal Security Agencies.

    Tricia Lee is a 2008 graduate of the program and was accepted for graduate study at both John Jay and Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences where she is pursuing her Masters.

    Careers that students pursue after graduating from this major include:

    • Law Enforcement
    • Government
    • Customs
    • Social Work
    • Investigation
    • Teaching
    • Community Service
    • Counseling
    • Education
    • Public Administration

    Co-Curricular Activities

    In addition to the classes, there are co- and extra- curricular activities relevant to the interests of those in the major. Presentations, debates, forums and a tour has been sponsored by the College of Public and International Affairs to further studies outside the classroom setting.

    • International Awareness Club
    • Debates on Foreign Policy
    • Zuhair Suidan: Will there ever be peace between Israel and Palestine?
    • Tong-Il Moo Do Club
    • Internships
    • Taekwondo Club
    • Jujitsu Club
    • 2004 Masters Cup International Taekwondo Championship

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    You can demonstrate proof of English Language competency by meeting any one of the criteria listed below:

    1. A letter certifying completion of level 6 at the University’s English Language Institute (ELI).
    Attainment of a satisfactory score on the University of Bridgeport’s English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB).

    2. A minimum TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT), or 61 (IBT) for undergraduates and a minimum score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 80 (IBT) for graduates (post-graduates).

    3. A minimum IELTS (Cambridge Testing) Band score of 6.0 for Undergraduates and a minimum Band score of 6.5 for graduates (post-graduates).

    4. A transcript from an accredited American university indicating a grade of “C” or better in one semester of college English Composition.

    5. Critical Reading SAT score of 400 or above; or ACT English score of 19 or above.

    6.An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Service) through level 112.

    7.An official letter certifying completion of CSE (The Center for English Studies) through level 7.5.

    8. A Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 69 or above for undergraduates and score of 77 or above for graduates.

    9. A Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) English achievement score of 500 or above.

    10. A level of “Advanced” on the English Language Proficiency Test of the College Board.

    11. An official “O” level or “A” level Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English.

    12. An EIKEN score of Grade 2A or above for undergraduates and a score of Grade Pre-1 or above for graduates.

    13. A score of 4 or better on the “English A” Higher Level examination in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

    14. WAEC, WASSE, CXC, etc. – Score of “C” or better on English Language exam.

    15. A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 44 for undergraduates and a minimum PTE Academic score of 53 for graduates (post-graduates).

    You must demonstrate English language competency in one of the ways listed above. If you don’t demonstrate English language competency in one of these ways prior to registration, you will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If you pass at a satisfactory level, you may begin classes.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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