Bachelor of Arts 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. 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.  

     

  • Some of our faculty

    • Dale Brooker

      Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice

      PhD, Sam Houston State University

      MA, Western Michigan University

      BS, State University of New York

    • Linda Barker

      Instructor of Criminal Justice

      MSED, University of New England

      BA, University of Southern Maine

      AS, Southern Maine Community College

    Dale Brooker

    Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice

    PhD, Sam Houston State University

    MA, Western Michigan University

    BS, State University of New York

    Linda Barker

    Instructor of Criminal Justice

    MSED, University of New England

    BA, University of Southern Maine

    AS, Southern Maine Community College

  • Student Stories

    • Alexander Dahms

      “The classes have shaped my time management skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills, and presented an opportunity for me to become a critical thinker and an effective team member.” Read more about Alexander.

    • John Burke

      “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.