Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Criminal Justice Minor

  • Overview

    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. 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.

  • Curriculum

    Bachelor degree students must complete 128 credits. As part of our residency requirement, at least 25 percent must be earned through Saint Joseph’s College. Students, who have enough credits in the subject area (at least 42 credits), will choose two minors. Each minor ranges between 18-24 credits. Those who complete two minors will exceed the college's 25 percent residency requirement. Students can also pursue the Criminal Justice minor as part of the Associate of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies (AS, IDS) degree program.

  • Some of our faculty

    • Sherrie Winton

      Director, General Studies Program

      Ph.D., University of Maine at Orono
      M. Ed., University of Southern Maine

    • Dale Brooker

      Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Department

      PhD, Sam Houston State University
      MA, Western Michigan University
      BS, State University of New York

    • Sue Poulin

      M.S., University of Southern Maine
      B.A., University of Southern Maine

    Sherrie Winton

    Director, General Studies Program

    Ph.D., University of Maine at Orono
    M. Ed., University of Southern Maine

    Dale Brooker

    Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Department

    PhD, Sam Houston State University
    MA, Western Michigan University
    BS, State University of New York

    Sue Poulin

    M.S., University of Southern Maine
    B.A., University of Southern Maine

  • Student Stories

    • Richard Brendan Maloney

      Saint Joseph's College online is convenient and administration is very friendly. I've made great connections with professors. 

    • Giovanna Carvelli

      Saint Joseph's College is a great school with so many opportunities and flexibilities for its students!

    • David Shaggy

      Overall experience is great. Good staff, advisors, professors. Feels more like home.

  • Career Moves

    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.