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Sociology / Criminal Justice

The major in Sociology and Criminal Justice offers students a solid foundation in the theory and methods of Sociology, while also providing instruction in the applied area of study in Criminal Justice. This major focuses on the major areas of study in Criminal Justice such as criminal justice and juvenile justice processes, criminology, law enforcement, law and adjudication, courts and corrections.

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  • Why SFU?

    1. We are idealists. Our motto is "Leadership for Social Change." Self-awareness, critical thinking, civic responsibility, and compassion are the heart of our criminal justice program.
    2. We are realists. Undergraduates have endless options when choosing a major, but once you graduate, you must start your career or go to graduate school. We ensure that our students are competitive for either path. Our placement rates for criminal justice majors is among the highest at Saint Francis.
    3. We are experts. All department members have doctoral degrees from top schools in the nation. Our professors are nationally recognized as experts in their research areas, and they are highly evaluated as teachers. Faculty members work closely with students in the classroom, on research projects, and during extracurricular activities. We view our students as our colleagues.
    4. We are here for you. When you enroll in one of our programs, you will become a member of a select group of undergraduates. We recognize that each student has individual needs and potential, and we are committed to your growth and development. We will help you find where you want to go and show you how to get there. Our majors leave with much more than a degree—they leave with stories to tell, a sense of achievement, and a world of opportunities.
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    Majors & Minors



    • Criminal Justice, B.S.With a greater emphasis on the study of forensics, this degree focuses on crime theories, research methods, criminal justice systems, law enforcement, court processes and proceedings, and corrections. Students also receive a minor in sociology.


    Internships & Student Opportunities

    Hands-on undergraduate work

    We encourage our students to get their hands dirty in research. Recently, our students have completed the following independent research projects:

    • Interviews with Polish nationals about their views of the Holocaust
    • Surveys with Chinese citizens and U.S. citizens on their moral values
    • Surveys among college students on how they perceive the sexuality of athletes in different sports
    • Interviews with local law enforcement officials investigating the processes by which law enforcement departments chose their weapons protocol


    Criminal Justice majors are eligible to participate in our internship program that offers internships in major U.S. cities at prestigious organizations such as Warner Brothers, Gucci, CBS, NBC, ING Financial, Epitaph Records, Sephora, and Merrill Lynch. Local internships are available at local police departments, local sheriff departments, SFU campus police, probation departments, victim services, juvenile justice organizations, and among many others, district attorney offices and private attorney offices.

    The Internship Program provides students with an all-inclusive opportunity to gain valuable career exposure while experiencing both personal & professional growth in a major city and industry of their choice. We provide students with an internship, safe housing with 24/7 support staff, and a meal plan.

    Sociology/Criminal Justice Club

    As an Saint Francis student, you will have the opportunity to join the Sociology/Criminal Justice Club. This growing club offers an important outlet for increasing awareness and respect for Sociology and Criminal Justice on campus.  The club also offers socialization and entertainment among students.

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    What alumni are saying about our program...

    • “The faculty will go great lengths to get you where you want to be and support you on your decisions … They’re willing to open their office for you at any time.”
    • “The classes were always fascinating, as were the discussions that took place in class.”
    • “I feel I have become a much deeper thinker, as well as a better person.”
    • “I definitely look at society differently. The major broadened my horizons.”  
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