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Criminal Justice

At SJC, our Department of Sociology has designed our Criminal Justice major for those interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, prevention of crime, rehabilitation of criminals,and criminal law. The program is essentially humanistic and basedon the assumption that both individuals and institutions are responsible for their behavior.



BS in Criminal Justice (4 year)

Also available as a minor

Why Criminal Justice?

  • 1Violent crime, economic and corporate crime, prison overcrowding, juvenile delinquency, national security, and street gangs are just some of the criminal justice issues in the United States today.
  • 2The scope of Criminal Justice studies is broad, covering the arrest, detention, and rehabilitation of criminals, as well as the administration of criminal justice agencies.
  • 3A degree in Criminal Justice is an excellent complement to otherfields of study, such as psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, and law.

Careers in Criminal Justice

  • Attorney
  • Court Reporter
  • Criminologist
  • Detective or Private Investigator
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Social Worker

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • St. Louis University
  • Indiana State University
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Why Study Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph’s College?


In order to ensure that our Criminal Justice students are prepared to enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies after earning their four-year degree, the Department of Sociology places equal emphasis on studying Criminal Justice in the private sector (cybercrime and private security) and in the community (city and state law enforcement). The department offers classes that cover a copious amount of topics, including juvenile justice, corrections, criminal law, criminology, crime prevention, constitutional law, law and society, and more. Criminal Justice students can also take forensic science classes through the Department of Biology that count toward their degree. 

Hands-on Experience

SJC's Criminal Justice majors and minors are exposed to a variety of field trips and out-of-classroom experiences. The faculty encourage all of their students to participate in internships in such fields as law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice. Students are also urged to attend academic conferences and workshops.

Dedication to Excellence

The Criminal Justice curriculum provides students with a well-rounded education by viewing the study of Criminal Justice in two ways: 1) as scientific in nature and 2) including human interaction and societal reaction.

Faculty and Class Size

In addition to our faculty’s practical experience, all of our Criminal Justice faculty members hold doctorates in their fields of expertise. Class sizes range between 10 and 25 students.

Kelli Lippold '13

Kelli Lippold '13

Graduate in Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice


Kelli is a crime lab technician for the South Bend Police Department. She says, "The Dept. of Biology helped me get an internship with the Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory in Kansas. It was one of the coolest experiences I will ever have."


Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.