Criminal Justice Degree Options

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    Why Study Criminal Justice

    “If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.” - Francis Bacon

    Criminal Justice serves and protects. In the Criminal Justice Program here at Saint Francis University you will be encouraged to confront difficult ethical questions that surround crime and criminal justice:

    • Who decides what is legal and what is not? 
    • How can we decrease the suffering of victims? 
    • What are the social injustices that cause crime? 
    • Is there really justice for all?

    Criminal justice encompasses the many organizations and practices that governments use to maintain order, control crime, impose penalties on offenders, and rehabilitate offenders. Our programs success is forged through a close connection to our Sociology Program, with a solid foundation in sociological theory and methodology.

    Degree Options

    Majors

    • B.A. in Criminal Justice - With a greater emphasis on the study of language, 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.
    • B.S. in Criminal Justice - 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

    Minor

    Criminal Justice at SFU

    Franciscan values guide how students are trained, which makes our criminal justice major like no other in the nation. Our students are encouraged to confront difficult ethical questions that surround crime and criminal justice. Who decides what is legal and what is not? How can we decrease the suffering of victims? What are the social injustices that cause crime? Is there really justice for all?

    Our department provides exceptional training in criminal justice because we incorporate the values of compassion and charity into our instruction. Our criminal justice students are interested in public service. They are fascinated by crime, but understand that criminals are humans who should be treated with respect. Our students are committed to helping victims. Our student are committed to decreasing crime through prevention and ending the injustices that lead to criminality, such as poverty, racism, trauma, and loneliness. Our students are interested in creating a more just world for all.

    Careers Opportunities

    The fact that our criminal justice majors receive significant training in sociology increases their career options by providing a full understanding of criminals and the criminal mind, as well as social influences on law and law enforcement. For example, in our sociology of violence course, you can learn the profile of a violent offender. You will also learn the needs of victims. Compassion for victims is ethically important, but helping victims is also a source of massive job growth in the criminal justice system. We are committed to helping students pursue their particular interests and committed to helping students develop highly marketable skills. You will leave our program with options.

    Here is where some of our criminal justice majors have ended up

    • Graduate programs in criminal justice
    • Law enforcement agencies
    • The juvenile court system
    • Victim advocacy
    • Juvenile counseling
    • Drug addiction counseling
    • D.C. Capital Police force
    • PA State Trooper Force
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