Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice


Saint Joseph’s criminal justice program familiarizes students with the theory and practice of crime, justice, and the United States criminal justice system.

Students majoring in criminal justice receive a foundation in theory and research as well as opportunities for practical application through internships. This major is for students who want to pursue careers in a wide range of criminal justice opportunities within city, state, and federal jurisdictions, such as probation, parole, police, immigration and naturalization, and the FBI. The bachelor of arts major in criminal justice includes two semesters of foreign language study.

At a Glance

  • Courses incorporate field trips, demonstrations, and volunteer opportunities into curriculum.
  • Full-year internship in senior year.
  • Key academic tools necessary for graduate study.
  • Dynamic, dedicated faculty experts with a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • One-on-one faculty mentoring.
  • Rigorous curriculum requires critical thinking and insightful articulation of ideas, and prepares students for field placement and graduate school.
  • Leadership opportunities within Saint Joseph’s Criminal Justice Club.


The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice combines a liberal arts education with a professional criminal justice curriculum. Topics covered include social research, criminology, race and ethnic relations, and human nature and ethics.

minor in criminal justice is available and requires students to take 20 credit hours.


Sr. Michele Aronica, RSM
Sr. Michele Aronica, RSMProfessor, Sociology Department
PhD, Boston College
MA, CW Post College, Long Island University
BA, Saint Joseph’s College
Katrina Hoop
Katrina HoopAssociate Professor, Chair, Sociology Department
PhD, Loyola University Chicago
MA, Loyola University Chicago
BA, Northeastern University, Boston


David Stratton

Class of 2019, student, security guard

David is devoted to justice and has already started on his path to becoming a police detective. He recently earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for his community service and for participation in the Maine Youth Law Enforcement.

Learn more about David’s passion for service.

Brad Campbell, PhD

Class of 2009, Ass’t Prof.

“I was exposed to the importance of research to criminal justice practitioners through senior seminar and research methods courses in the criminal justice curriculum at Saint Joseph’s, as well as service learning projects.”

—Dr. Bradley Campbell ’09, Assistant Professor, Univ. of Louisville

Learn how Bradley has been appointed to an investigative leadership role.

John Burke

Class of 2007, Attorney

“Having worked in a large prosecutor’s office in Grand Rapids, Mich., and now as a defense attorney, I see many police officers missing the substantive background in criminal justice that Dr. Brooker and the criminal justice faculty teach its students.”

Read more about John. 


A degree in criminal justice from Saint Joseph’s College prepares students for careers in social services, judiciary and law, law enforcement, and business. Graduates of the program have gone on to serve on police forces, enter law school, work in the federal government, and more.