Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

OVERVIEW

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.
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CURRICULUM

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.

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

FACULTY HIGHLIGHT

Meredith Emigh-Guy
Meredith Emigh-GuyAssistant Professor

Meredith Emigh-Guy has worked at a forensic psychiatric hospital, worked for a law firm, participated in research involving a halfway house, and participated in two research projects that involved reviewing and coding information from police files.

Learn more about Meredith

STUDENT RESEARCH

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.”

ALUMNI STORIES

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. 


CAREER MOVES

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.

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