Education, Service, Fun
Students can become further involved in the field through the FDU Criminal Justice Association. Junior Jeffrey Burke, who has served as club president and secretary, says the club’s mission is tri-fold: education, service and fun.
The club hosts speakers and conducts trips to criminal justice agencies. “As a University club, we sometimes have access to places most people would not get to see. For example, one of our professors in homeland security works with the Port Authority Police, so he helped arrange a behind-the-scenes look at the Port Authority Bus Terminal to see what kind of safeguards are in place.”
“We also do community service,” he continues, “We support alternatives to domestic violence such as Shelter Our Sisters [in Hackensack] and have participated in charity drives with the Teaneck Police Department.”
The third component, fun, brings criminal justice faculty and students together for special events. A dinner is held yearly, athletic challenges [students vs. faculty] are always a hit, and students help support the faculty in such events as Discovery Day and a career fair.
| “I think the criminal justice program at FDU is really unique.” says junior Jeffrey Burke. “The one-on-ones we get with our professors are the best. It’s very much about networking, and the professors here do everything in their power to foster those relationships.” |
Held on campus each spring, the Criminal Justice Career Fair attracts representatives from agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Internal Revenue Service; the Hackensack, Teaneck, Port Authority and New Jersey State Police departments; insurance firms; and private corporations with security concerns including Six Flags Great Adventure and Target Corporation.
Burke believes he will be well prepared for the working world.“As a Criminal Justice Club member, I’ve had great exposure to possible fields of work within criminal justice and I have a greater understanding now of what it means to work in the field.
“I think the criminal justice program at FDU is really unique. The one-on-ones we get with our professors are the best. It’s very much about networking, and the professors here do everything in their power to foster those relationships.”