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Criminal Justice

Be a part of seeing justice served.

If you're interested in understanding and working in the field of criminal justice, our program will give you a critical understanding of today's criminal justice system and the society in which it functions.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Arts

    Our Criminal Justice program aims to improve the quality of justice through education, research, and public service. As a student in our program, you'll explore the broader questions of how justice is administered, not just in the United States but on a global level as well. You'll also be challenged to confront the fundamental societal issues of both crime and justice. Our faculty are experts in their field, committed to research that advances the teaching, assessment, knowledge base, and policy implications of it. Faculty bring their knowledge into the classroom to share their real-world experiences with their students firsthand.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Understand the theories, policies, practices, processes, and reforms affecting the major institutions of social control.
    • Apply the theories and principles of both substantive and procedural law that regulate the justice system.
    • Create a problem and research the solution through a formal proposal and research paper.
    • Use an ethical framework to reach judgments and make sound decisions as a criminal justice professional.
    • Apply what you've learned before graduation through an internship in a criminal or juvenile justice agency or organization.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Criminal Justice program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Criminal Justice?

    If you want a career in criminal justice, our program will give you a deep understanding of the field itself and the society in which it functions. At Stevenson, all of our programs have a strong focus on career. In the Criminal Justice program, our students have experiential learning opportunities, allowing you to learn about the criminal justice system through an internship in a criminal or juvenile justice agency or organization. You can gain real-world experience and apply what you're learning in the classroom before you even graduate.

    You will also leave with the ethical framework you'll need to make sound judgments as a criminal justice professional. Common places of employment for our graduates include in the legal system/courtroom, law enforcement/investigation, corrections/security, and social services.

    • Take advantage of the Criminal Justice Study Abroad Program, which engages students in global awareness about the field through international study.
    • Be an active member of the Criminal Justice Student Association, a student organization that provides you with hands-on education and experience.
    • Study with faculty who have worked as criminal justice professionals and gain from their experiences and their research.
    • Graduate with the experience and knowledge to go right to work or to go on to graduate school.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

    Major Requirements (all students)

    • CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 220 Criminal Law & Procedure
    • CJUS 265 The Juvenile Justice System
    • CJUS 275 Corrections
    • CJUS 280 Law Enforcement
    • CJUS 285 Criminology
    • CJUS 305 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 310 Comparative Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 380 American Courts & the Criminal Justice System
    • CJUS 385 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 417 Criminal Justice Internship
    • Select Four Elective Courses
      • CJUS 350 Criminal Justice Special Topics
      • CJUS 355 Race & Crime
      • CJUS 381 Justice, Media & Crime
      • CJUS 382 Crime Mapping & Crime Analysis
      • CJUS 383 Law Enforcement & the Community
      • CJUS 390 Domestic Security
      • CJUS 420 Study Abroad Internship
      • CJUS 430 Law Enforcement Administration & Management
      • SOC 375 Social Stratification~

    Secondary Requirements (all students)

    • HSR 201 Introduction to Human Services
    • IS 135 Advanced MS Office Applications
    • MATH 140 Basic Statistics*
    • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology*
    • POSCI 102 American Government*
    • POSCI 205 State & Local Government ~
    • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology*

    ~ Course under development

    Criminal Justice Resource Guide

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    A minor is available in Criminal Justice. Please see an academic advisor for more information. For specific information regarding minor requirements, please consult the minors section of the catalog.

    B.S. to M.S. Option

    The BS/MS option has been created for students majoring in Criminal Justice who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work for a master's degree in one of Stevenson's graduate programs. Students choosing this option may earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as few as five years. Students must formally apply for entrance into a B.S. to M.S. option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. More information on the BS/MS option is contained within the general academic information section of this catalog.

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Criminal Justice program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Lawyer
• Police Officer
• Forensic Investigator
• Claims Adjuster
• Counselor
• Private Detective
• Pretrial Officer

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

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