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About Crime and Justice Studies

Sociology is unique among the social sciences because it examines the whole of human societies. It focuses on institutional and sociocultural changes rather than on simply economic, political, or technical transformations.  For example, sociology provides an understanding of “modernization” and “globalization” by analyzing their impact on culture human subjectivity, power relations, and collective resistance. Sociology prepares students to scientifically study and personally engage with human groups and communities. It links individual biographies with public issues.

The Sociology major offers two tracks to Ramapo College students interested in studying questions of human diversity, inequality, and social justice in U.S. as well as international societies: Public Sociology and Crime and Justice Studies.

The Crime and Justice Studies track offers students interested in law enforcement fields the opportunity to explore issues of class, race, gender, and religious difference, locally and globally. Students will be trained to analyze diverse situations they may face within their future professions in law enforcement.


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The Crime and Justice Studies Minor brings together critical sociological, legal and psychological foundations for examining crime and societal responses to crime.  The cluster of courses in the minor is meant to sharpen the students understanding of how ideological mechanisms and institutions are reproduced in the context of the criminal justice system.

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Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary$40,860 - $133,850
Rehabilitation Counselors$43,950 - $93,820
Correctional Officers and Jailers$42,730 - $102,820

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Recognizing the international character of contemporary life, the Sociology program at Ramapo College emphasizes internships in local New Jersey and New York communities, as well as in study abroad programs.  By engaging in field study internships, sociology majors develop a broad and refined world perspective, and become highly prepared for graduate school and the workforce.