Grow your Passion for Public Service


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.

Stevenson Criminal Justice

Connection to Career

Internship Placements

  • Baltimore City Public Defender’s
  • Baltimore County Police
  • Department of Juvenile Services
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS)
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Top Employers

  • Baltimore County State Attorney’s
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • FBI
  • Maryland State Police
  • NSA

Graduate Opportunities

  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Stevenson University
  • Thomas Colley law School
  • Towson University
  • University of Baltimore, Law School

Career Pathways

  • Child Welfare Caseworker
  • Counterintelligence Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Public Defender

Meet Our Students & Alumni

Service in Action

Ruben Amaya

Criminal Justice

As a criminal justice major, Chief Justice for the Student Government Association, and former attorney for the Mock Trial team, Ruben’s future is focused on addressing inequalities people face in the criminal justice system.

Study Criminal Justice at Stevenson


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 100First Year Seminar1 credit
CJUS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3 credits
CJUS 205Ethics Principles in Criminal Justice3 credits
CJUS 210Writing for Criminal Justice3 credits
CJUS 220Criminal Law and Procedure3 credits
CJUS 275Corrections3 credits
CJUS 280Law Enforcement3 credits
CJUS 285Criminology3 credits
CJUS 345Victimology3 credits
CJUS 380American Courts and the Criminal Justice System3 credits
CJUS 385Research Methods in Criminal Justice3 credits
CJUS 417Internship3 credits
MATH 136Introduction to Statistics4 credits
PSY 136Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences4 credits
POSCI 205State & Local Government3 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.

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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