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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.

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.

Graduates of the Criminal Justice program will:

  • Analyze the theories, practices, and policies of the branches of criminal justice including governmental agencies and other institutions of social control.
  • Apply principles of substantive criminal law and procedure to criminal justice practice.
  • Utilize appropriate oral and written communication, critical thinking, and research skills for the criminal justice discipline.
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making practices while working in the criminal justice field.
  • Apply academic preparation to professional experience in the criminal justice field.

Study Criminal Justice at Stevenson

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Criminal Justice Majors

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.

Courses and Tracks


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 Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements

FYS 100 First Year Seminar 1 credit
CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
CJUS 205 Ethics Principles in Criminal Justice 3 credits
CJUS 210 Writing for Criminal Justice 3 credits
CJUS 220 Criminal Law and Procedure 3 credits
CJUS 275 Corrections 3 credits
CJUS 280 Law Enforcement 3 credits
CJUS 285 Criminology 3 credits
CJUS 345 Victimology 3 credits
CJUS 380 American Courts and the Criminal Justice System 3 credits
CJUS 385 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3 credits
CJUS 417 Internship 3 credits
MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics 4 credits
PSY 136 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4 credits
POSCI 205 State & Local Government 3 credits

Take 6 CJUS elective courses for 18 credits; one course must be at the upper-level.

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.


Tracks and Minors

Minors and Other Options

Minor in Criminal Justice 

A minor in criminal justice is available. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. A minor in criminal justice requires a minimum of 6 courses (18 credits) with a CJUS prefix. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Minors at Stevenson

BS/MS Option

The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in criminal justice who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a master's degree in one of Stevenson's graduate programs. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their sophomore year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program, see the Stevenson University Online Catalog.

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