B.S. in Criminal Justice

Prepare to be a leader in today's criminal justice arena.

From the classroom to the courtroom to the computer lab, a criminal justice degree prepares students for a wide range of career options. Advances in science and technology, a rise in cybercrimes, and the need for increased homeland security have changed many aspects of law enforcement and criminal investigation. 

Interdisciplinary courses in law, behavioral, social and natural sciences, and humanities, supported by Rivier’s liberal arts core curriculum, develop strong interpersonal, technological, and critical reasoning skills. All criminal justice majors participate in at least one internship/practicum during their senior year in a police department, prosecutor’s or public defender’s office, law office, or another legal setting.

Graduates of Rivier University’s law-related programs 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.

Rivier University is a College of Distinction.

Department of Criminal Justice
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Criminal Justice.


B.S. in Criminal Justice graduates can pursue roles as:

  • Police officers and detectives
  • FBI, CIA, and other federal agents
  • Intelligence analysts
  • Cybercrime investigators
  • Fire investigators
  • Fish and game wardens
  • Court and corrections officers