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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.

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  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    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 objectives for the Criminal Justice program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    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

    Course Sequence

    Criminal Justice

    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
    CJUST 205 Ethics Principles in Criminal Justice
    CJUS 210 Writing for Criminal Justice
    CJUS 220 Criminal Law & 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 & 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

    Last Updated: 06/25/2018

  • Tracks & 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. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

    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 School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog.

    Last Updated: 06/07/2017

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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