Keeping In Check with Criminal Justice Majors



In honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which falls on January 9th, we will look at one of Mercer’s popular majors, Criminal Justice and highlight the program options and our student athletes in this major.


Students who choose to major in Criminal Justice at Mercer have two concentrations they can choose from: Corrections or Law Enforcement.


The Corrections option within Criminal Justice allows students to learn about the history of the criminal justice system, the role of the corrections officer in contemporary America, philosophies of rehabilitation and punishment and traditional and new practices being employed in correctional institutions.


Students in the Law Enforcement option learn the history and philosophy of the components of the criminal justice system, political and community structures that affect criminal justice agencies, the concepts and principles of management and administration employed in various police agencies and the roles of various criminal justice professionals.


Graduates from MCCC's Criminal Justice programs have secured positions with county, state and federal institutional and community-based corrections and social service agencies. Graduates have also gone on to pursue careers in criminology, law and social welfare. MCCC has transfer agreements for Criminal Justice majors with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey City University and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.


Criminal Justice is a popular major on the baseball team.  Sophomores Ryan Conover (Hamilton, NJ/Notre Dame), Dylan Pope (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert), Andrew Glatt (Hightstown, NJ/Hightstown HS), Wyatt Baker (Hamilton, NJ/Nottingham), Joe Giori (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) are all Criminal Justice majors.


Sophomore men’s basketball player Justin Carbone (Monmouth Junction, NJ/South Brunswick) is also a Criminal Justice major.  Carbone is averaging 13.5 points per game for the Vikings through 13 games and shooting 54% from the field.


Sophomore pitcher Conover had 27 strikeouts in 38.2 innings pitched in the 2022 season when the Vikings reached the NJCAA World Series.  Conover was 4-0 in 2022.  Glatt was also a member of the 2022 World Series team and hit .357 for the Vikings in 12 games played.  Baker is an infielder who was also a member of the 2022 World Series team, but saw limited action that season.


Criminal Justice majors at MCCC have many career options following their graduation from the program.  It is great to see the success of our Criminal Justice student athletes on and off the field and court!


To learn more about the Criminal Justice Corrections major at MCCC, visit


For more information about the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement major visit







Men's basketball player Justin Cabone




Baseball player Wyatt Baker



Baseball pitcher Ryan Conover



 Baseball player Andrew Glatt