BS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Criminal Justice Minor


This minor provides students with opportunities to prepare for the broad field of law enforcement.

This includes policing, corrections, paralegal, public administration, security, criminology, private investigation, and insurance investigation. The curriculum has been developed by law enforcement professionals with both practical and academic expertise, and it offers a solid background in criminal justice laws and theories

Also, as part of the Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program you can complement your minor with another area of study. The IDS program is similar to a General Studies program in that you can customize your learning experience, work toward your individual goals, and excel quickly toward your degree. Learn more about other approved minors in the program.

Note: You can also earn an Associate of Science, IDS with a minor in Criminal Justice.

At a Glance

  • Flexible online format that allows you to study at your own schedule, at your own pace and at your own location.
  • Courses include examination of criminal justice from a sociological and legal perspective. Courses blend content with prior or current professional experience, allowing for immediate application in the work setting.
  • Faculty with practical experience in law enforcement and criminal justice work one-on-one with you to ensure your success.
  • Flexible online format that allows you to study at your own schedule, at your own pace and at your own location. No on-campus residency required.


Bachelor degree students must complete 128 credits, and at least 25% must be completed through Saint Joseph’s College. As part of the IDS program, baccalaureate students will have an opportunity to study across disciplines. Students pursuing an associate’s degree in IDS will complete one approved minor. Students can also pursue the Criminal Justice minor as part of the Associate of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies (AS CJ, IDS) degree program.



Dale Brooker
Dale BrookerAssociate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies Program Director
PhD, Sam Houston State University
MA, Western Michigan University
BS, State University of New York
Linda Barker
Linda BarkerInstructor of Criminal Justice
MSED, University of New England
BA, University of Southern Maine
AS, Southern Maine Community College
Katrina Hoop
Katrina HoopAssociate Professor, Sociology Department
PhD, Loyola University Chicago
MA, Loyola University Chicago
BA, Northeastern University


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Job opportunities in most local police departments will be favorable for qualified individuals, whereas competition is expected for jobs in state and federal agencies. As-fast-as-average employment growth is expected. Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow 10 percent over the 2008–18 decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations.