Academics

Criminal Justice, BA

The Criminal Justice major provides a social scientific grounding to issues of crime and criminal justice. Students explore the nature of criminal behavior (deviance vs. conformity) and its causes, as well as society’s responses, through statistics-based research and focused coursework in subjects such as mental illness, law, substance abuse, immigration, criminology, and gender. The major also requires a six-credit internship that allow students to put theory into practice in real-world situations. The criminal justice major is approved by the Commonwealth’s Board of Higher Education for Quinn Bill benefits.

Many graduates of the program move into graduate programs in criminology, forensic services, or dispute resolution. Other students progress into careers in fields such as law enforcement, legal services, corrections, and security consulting.

Please click the menu at left to view the course requirements for the major. For additional information, please click to download the Criminal Justice Major Fact Sheet.