College of Arts and Sciences

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Institute


The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Institute, housed in the University’s sociology department, is backed by a diverse faculty with extensive professional experience, and seeks to further advance SJU’s strong reputation and track record in both areas.

By merging the graduate programs in criminal justice, public safety management, homeland security and environmental protection safety management under the Institute, students will benefit from choosing electives to augment their understanding of the multiple facets of the criminal justice and public safety fields.

The curriculum provides the most comprehensive, diverse learning environment and meets the needs of each individual. The Institute will continue to support scholarly research, host symposia, and maintain a long-standing tradition of providing prevention efforts and outreach in the community.

Among its present initiatives, the Institute will offer courses in the areas of addictions, alternative dispute resolution, behavior analysis, homeland security, fire safety management, law enforcement intelligence and crime analysis, police executive management and restorative justice. In addition to the potential for growth in these high-demand fields, the Institute is working to expand its online course offerings and certificate programs as well. Courses are offered at the main Philadelphia campus, the Philadelphia Police Academy and Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.; the Institute is currently pursuing opportunities in Bucks County as well.