Wherever your passion lies, the Criminal Justice major will equip you to make a difference. 

Major Roadmap

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Criminal Justice Major Guide

Protect the innocent. Maintain public order. Identify crime trends and risk factors in the community. Intervene in the lives of young people who’ve made a mistake, and help them get back on track. Assist people who’ve served their time in re-entering society and becoming productive citizens.

This is a field that engages both the head and the heart: You’ll need to know the law and be able to process information and make smart decisions, but you’ll also need people skills, empathy, and a desire to contribute to something greater than yourself.

By studying Criminal Justice, you’ll learn to identify patterns of criminal behavior and understand the different facets of the criminal justice system. You’ll study the processes for rehabilitation and treatment for those who’ve committed crimes, and learn about the law and judicial philosophy.

Learn from professors with experience in the field and from guest speakers including Austin attorneys, law enforcement officers and counselors. Your community-based internship will give you the real-world experience you need for a career in a field that’s vital to society.

What do our graduates do?

Criminal Justice majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Officers in the Austin and Dallas Police Department
  • Investigator for the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Law students at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston Law Center

54 Alumni Who Inspire

54 Alumni Who Inspire

St. Edward’s University counts more than 25,000 alumni around the globe. Some are making their mark in the job they started right after graduation. Others have excelled in multiple careers. Read about how they’re all building on the education they received at St. Edward’s.