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.


Meredith Emigh-Guy
Meredith Emigh-GuyAssistant Professor, Criminal Justice Dept Chair
PhD, University of New Haven Post-graduate Certificate, John Jay College, CUNY MA, New York University BS, The College of William & Mary
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


Makayla Cooper ’21
Makayla Cooper ’21Criminal Justice and Psychology

Using her research internship to improve police and community relations

“I was helping a local Police Department research their use of force reports through the years. I have been collecting data on the following categories across the reports, including but not limited to: race, gender, the kind of force used, and how many officers were involved. Use of force is a very important topic in today’s society and it is crucial that members of the community truly understand how it is used and calculated, as it can be misinterpreted. Participating in this research project has shown that it is important to try and create relationships within the community to diminish the stigma related to the overuse of power or police brutality. Having a level of trust in the police officers in your community makes it easier to call for help when needed. It’s really about creating long-lasting relationships to make your community a better place.”


Jaci Lorenzen, 2014 criminal justice graduate

Jacqueline Lorenzen

Class of 2014, police sergeant

Jacqueline Lorenzen, a member of the Westbrook Maine Police Department, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. She is the first female officer to be promoted to this rank in the City of Westbrook’s history.

Brad Campbell, PhD

Class of 2009, Ass’t Prof., Univ. Louisville

“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.”

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.