July 1, 2014
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
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.
BA in Criminal Justice majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in criminal justice complete required courses that include Administration of Justice, Criminal Law, World Justice Systems, Corrections, Criminology, and American Criminal Courts.
GENERAL EDUCATION AND MISSION COURSES
All New College programs require general education and mission courses designed to refresh and expand your knowledge and skills in research methods, critical thinking and writing, and oral presentation, among others.
Students complete support courses that align with Criminal Justice, such as General Psychology, State and Local Government, and Public Safety.
Students take elective courses to align with their career interest in Criminal Justice or Organizational Communication.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.