Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at St. Edward’s prepares you to work in a variety of settings, including law enforcement agencies, youth and criminal justice centers, and corporate security departments.

Coursework in this major covers all facets of the criminal justice system, including law, law enforcement, the courts and corrections.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Overview:

As a BA in Criminal Justice major, you’ll explore such diverse topics as forensic science, administration and political science. You’ll learn to identify patterns of criminal behavior. And you’ll study the legal ramifications and processes for rehabilitation and treatment of offenders.

Strong communication and management skills, along with the ability to quickly analyze and solve problems, are key qualities for success in this field. Students are encouraged to complete an internship with local police, jails, courts, probation and parole agencies.

Career opportunities with this degree include jobs as city, county and state police officers; private investigators for insurance companies; special agents for the FBI; crime analysts; correctional workers; and security consultants.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the New College Bulletin (course catalog).

REQUIRED COURSES FOR MAJOR (30 CREDIT HOURS):
• Administration of Justice
• American Court System
• Criminal Law I
• American Law Enforcement
• Corrections
• Juvenile Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System
• Constitutional Criminal Procedure
• Criminology
• Comparative Legal Systems
• Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

SUPPORT COURSES FOR MAJOR (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• Self and Society
• General Psychology
• American National Government
• State and Local Government

CRIMINAL JUSTICE EMPHASIS (9 CREDIT HOURS):
At least 3 hours must be upper-division courses; Public Safety Management classes may be taken to meet these course requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (UP TO 39 CREDIT HOURS)

MISSION COURSES (UP TO 13 CREDIT HOURS)

Consult an admission coordinator for credit transfer options.