Our Criminal Justice program provides a broad liberal arts education, while allowing students to gain the knowledge and tools they need to study, understand, predict and manage criminal motivation and behavior. They also learn how the United States criminal justice system is devised to manage crime. In this way, criminal justice is understood as part of a larger picture of social science.
The processes and behaviors social scientists examine include social interaction among individuals, institutional change, social policy formation, criminal and deviant behavior and social change and development. A degree in Criminal Justice may lead to a variety of careers in criminal and/or juvenile justice systems. The program also functions as preparation for graduate level study in a variety of fields, including criminal justice management, corrections, sociology and law.
The study of Criminal Justice is often combined with other disciplines, such as Psychology, Sociology and Political Science. Opportunities in forensics, corrections, homeland security and law enforcement provide dedicated individuals the opportunity to uphold freedom and justice.
This degree puts emphasis on:
1. Showing Concern for Society: Anyone interested in understanding themselves, improving society or solving social problems needs to understand how individuals are motivated to behave.
2. Developing Essential Skills: A significant amount of time is spent reading, analyzing, discussing and writing. These skills are valuable in all walks of life. If you are already interested in social issues, this major allows you to spend your time learning and thinking about them while sharpening skills useful in almost any career and in your personal life. Moreover, intimate class sizes allow significantly more one-on-one time with your professor and classmates, both of whom help you sharpen these skills.
3. Being Practical and Versatile: Social Science is used in virtually every area of life, because of its emphasis on the scientific study of human beings and the relationships and environments they create. This knowledge can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers.
Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Crime Analyst, Criminal Justice Administrator, Federal/State Law Enforcement – FBI, DEA, CIA, ATF, EPA, Executive Protection/Security, Crime Scene Investigator, Homeland Security, Youth Services/Juvenile Justice
PO 2013 – Criminal Law
SO 2313 – Introduction to Law Enforcement
SO 2332 – Criminal Investigation
SO 3303 - Criminal Justice Systems
SO 3013 – Sociology of the Family
SO 4113 – Crime and Deviance
SO 4213 – Modern Social Problems
We provide introduction and interaction with many representatives of major state and federal law enforcement agencies, and we help foster internships.
The goal of the social science programs is to empower our students to make a difference wherever they live and work. To do this, we emphasize leadership and teamwork. We believe the world needs men and women of character who know how to work with others and act as leaders striving to solve complex and challenging problems.
Rooted in the Catholic Benedictine traditions and values, we study social science in the context of the whole person, including environment and culture, personality, biology, spirituality and economics.