Prepare for a career dealing with the criminal justice system

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers in the many fields of the criminal justice system, as well as for those who already are members of these professions and wish to continue their education.

The program rests on the premise that criminal justice must be examined as a system part of the larger community. Understanding the concept of justice is the basis for analyzing the system and the community. Therefore, the curriculum is structured to provide the student with exposure to all facets of the criminal justice system, including law, law enforcement, the courts and corrections, as well as the examination of topics collateral to the administration of justice. Through the use of electives, students may focus their studies so they align with current or future professional interest. 

Explore diverse topics such as:
  • World justice
  • Juvenile justice
  • Administration
  • Political science

Strong communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to quickly analyze and solve problems, are key qualities for success in this field.

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 12 CREDIT HOURS)

Consult an admission coordinator for credit transfer options.

Outcomes

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. Our faculty's commitment to excellence in teaching, public service, and research serves to nurture students' personal and career growth.

With a BA in Criminal Justice, you can pursue roles such as:
  • City, state and federal law enforcement officers
  • Adult and juvenile probation/parole specialists
  • Court administrators
  • Legal professionals
  • Crime analysts
  • Death investigators
  • Corrections staff
  • Educators
  • Attorneys

Outside the Classroom

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. 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. 

Internships 

Students are encouraged to complete an internship with local police, jails, courts, probation and parole agencies.

Previous internship sites have included:
  • Texas Department of Public Safety, Counter Intelligence Unit
  • Austin Police Department
  • US Marshals Service
  • US District Court, probation and pre-trial services
  • federal convict re-entry programs
  • US Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Texas Attorney General, multiple areas to include: child support enforcement, cyber crimes, money laundering, Interpol liaison
  • Travis County State Jail
  • Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center
  • Research

Students may engage in self-directed research by enrolling in a credit course and working closely one-on-one with a faculty mentor.