Program Spotlight

law and justice students observe a police dog in action on the Bunce Green at Rowan University

Program Spotlight

A diverse department led by scholars with Ph.D.s, lawyers with J.D.s and criminal justice practitioners with industry experience, Law & Justice blends academic and theoretical knowledge with real-world practice. As the largest major within the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Law & Justice is home to 700 majors.

Department chairperson Michael Weiss, J.D., Ph.D., is proud of the robust offerings of the department, both in and outside of the classroom. “We help to integrate classroom experience in ways that students can get a feel for what their professional lives will be like,” says Weiss.

Ahead of Pope Francis’s Philadelphia visit and Super Bowl XLVIII, students examined security equipment that was going to be used at the events and discussed security procedures and concerns. Their professor owned a security firm hired for both occasions

Extracurricular offerings deepen students’ understanding of their chosen fields. A retired law enforcement officer runs the Criminal Justice Preparation Club. Completing a 120-hour internship, overseen by a 40-year faculty member, is mandatory. A law school fair each November draws 20 to 25 regional and national law schools to Rowan’s campus so that interested students can ask pertinent questions and develop next steps for their career. Local, state and federal agencies attend a criminal justice career fair to recruit students.

“The blend of in-class and out-of-class support is unique,” says Weiss. “We are very student-focused, with an emphasis on mentoring.”

Weiss shares that in the near future, he sees the department growing to include a 3+3 program with local law schools, where Rowan students’ first year of law school counts as their last year at Rowan. Saving both time and money, students will earn both a B.A. and a J.D. in six years.

Degree Programs

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences offers a wide range of degree offerings which emphasize critical thinking, research, and communication skills.

CHSS Research

College of Humanities & Social Sciences faculty engage in a wide array of research and scholarly activity in their chosen fields.

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