Criminal Justice Major

Professionals with a deep commitment to upholding and understanding the law are critical for the preservation of a democratic society. At Saint Joseph’s the criminal justice program seeks to cultivate students who are hard-wired with a sense of honesty, fairness and integrity, and prepare them for productive and rewarding careers in law enforcement and social service.

Closely related to the study of sociology, criminal justice majors explore everything from the causes of crime and social deviance to criminal courts. Coursework covers issues related to drugs and alcohol, gender and race and mental health. Internships are available in a wide range of sites, including the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Camden, N.J., the New Jersey State Police, Victim Witness Services, and Special Victims Unit.

Majoring in criminal justice prepares students for a wide variety of careers. The emphasis on theory and research practice coupled with the use of computer and Internet technology help students develop practical skills that are indispensable in the pursuit of employment. Criminal justice graduates have secured jobs in traditional law enforcement fields such as corrections, courts, police, and probation; in administrative and management positions in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement; and in law and paralegal occupations.