Bachelor of Science 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.
At a Glance
- Courses incorporate field trips, demonstrations, and volunteer opportunities into curriculum.
- Full-year internship in senior year.
- An optional concentration available for interested students in Forensic Psychology.
- 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 Science 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.
Forensic Psychology Concentration
This optional concentration is designed for students with a particular interest in the interaction of psychology and the law. Forensic Psychology is a broad field – practitioners work in areas such as crime trends, criminal profiling, mental health treatment for offenders and substance abusers, jury selection, impact of divorce, custody, and more. This concentration does not lead to a professional license; rather it provides a foundation for graduate work or entry-level employment.
A minor in criminal justice is available and requires students to take 20 credit hours.