College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Major

In Criminal Justice, students study criminology, theoretical perspectives on criminal behavior; and the operation of theStudent Group criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice major combines practical and theoretical knowledge that form the background to a career in law enforcement, in social service, as a lawyer; or for further study in the field.

The Criminal Justice major at Saint Joseph's University is distinguished by its emphasis on creative participation with faculty interaction being maximized through internships and independent research projects.

Benefits of a degree in Criminal Justice include:

  • Advising - Majors are assigned a faculty member who advises the student on his/her coursework, internships, and employment opportunities. Ideally, the student and faculty member build a close relationship that helps guide the student through his/her undergraduate study.
  • Internships - There are a number of internships designed to give Criminal Justice students practical experience. The internships help students apply classroom-acquired skills and knowledge while gaining practical experience. Criminal Justice internships have been available in the following settings: Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; Philadelphia's Family Court; the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office; the Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and many more.
  • Careers and Employment- Majoring in Criminal Justice prepares students for a wide variety of careers. The emphasis on theory and research practice coupled with the use of computer and internet technology help students develop practical skills that are indispensable in the pursuit of employment. Criminal Justice graduates have secured employment in government, federal law enforcement, the criminal justice system, business consultation, education, social services, public relations, marketing, human resources, and in industry. A large number of graduates have also gone on to further studies in sociology, criminal justice, law, business, and other disciplines.

We invite prospective students to contact us directly if you have any questions about a major in Criminal Justice. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.