The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at St. Edward’s provides the foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in the law, law enforcement, probation and parole, court administration, and corrections.
This program offers a robust and comprehensive selection of courses designed to introduce students to the law, judicial philosophy and the institutions of crime control within the United States and internationally. Students have the opportunity to explore interesting special topics courses, participate in regional conferences and pursue internships as they acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for careers within the field.
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
BA in Criminal Justice majors at St. Edward’s become focused in their academic pursuits once they declare their area of interest. By working closely with department faculty, students explore the fundamentals of law, investigation, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, punishment and rehabilitation. Students are introduced to more than academic content through an ongoing array of guest speakers, from whom they learn aspects of professionalism and preparation for their post-graduation career experiences. Close interaction with faculty, through advising sessions, classes, research and internship opportunities, helps students target options for careers and graduate work.
With a BA in Criminal Justice, our graduates have obtained work as city, state and federal law enforcement officers, adult and juvenile probation/parole specialists, court administrators, legal professionals, crime analysts, death investigators and corrections staff. Criminal justice graduates have secured positions with a variety of agencies, including the United States Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Prisons, United States Border Patrol, Federal District Courts, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and many large metropolitan police departments.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. MAJOR CORE COURSES (30 CREDIT HOURS):
• Administration of Justice
• American Court System
• Criminal Law I
• American Law Enforcement
• Juvenile Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System
• Constitutional Criminal Procedure
• Comparative Legal Systems
• Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
V. SUPPORTING COURSES (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• Self and Society
• American National Government
• State and Local Government
• General Psychology
Choose 12 hours minimum of electives
VI. CAREER EMPHASIS (9 CREDIT HOURS):
Students must select one of the following career emphases:
Criminal Justice Emphasis
In addition to the major’s core requirements, all students must take a minimum of 9 hours of electives, at least 3 hours of which must be upper division, in Criminal Justice, Criminology or Forensic Science. Selection of these electives can be matched to the student’s career interests.
In addition to the major’s core requirements, all students must take the following upper-division courses:
• Criminal Evidence and Proof
• Criminal Law II
• Prosecution and Adjudication
VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.