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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:

  • 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.


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.



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
CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJUS 205 Ethics Principles in Criminal Justice
CJUS 210 Writing for Criminal Justice
CJUS 220 Criminal Law and Procedure
CJUS 275 Corrections
CJUS 280 Law Enforcement
CJUS 285 Criminology
CJUS 310 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
CJUS 380 American Courts and the Criminal Justice System
CJUS 385 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJUS 417 Internship
MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics
PSY 136 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
POSCI 205 State and Local Government

Six CJUS elective courses for a total of eighteen credits; at least one course (3 credits) must be taken at the upper level

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


Tracks and Minors

Tracks and Minors


A minor in Criminal Justice is available. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

Minors at Stevenson

B.S. to M.S. Option

The B.S. to M.S. 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 junior 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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