Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

The dynamic, multidisciplinary criminal justice degree at St. Joseph’s engages students in a number of areas, including sociology, political science, psychology, philosophy, forensic bioscience and criminal justice. The criminal justice program offers specialized classes in the field within a broad liberal arts curriculum, and graduates emerge with the critical thinking skills, reflective world view and career flexibility to pursue graduate studies or enter the job market.

Our criminal justice majors find careers as law enforcement officers, correction officers, social workers, counselors, investigators, and probation and parole officers. They work in homeland security, cyber security and private security positions. Some study law and become prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Undergraduate students may specialize in one of five tracks: Law & Justice, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, Community Corrections, or Technology and the Criminal Justice System. In addition, each senior completes an internship to apply classroom theories and procedures in such settings as New York metropolitan area law firms, research organizations, the NYPD, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, NYC’s Department of Correction and other government agencies. We also offer other experiential learning and study abroad opportunities.

Each criminal justice faculty member has a specialized area of research and brings that knowledge into such courses as:

  • Effectiveness of Ex-Offender Reentry Programs
  • Spatial Analysis of Drug Markets in Brazil
  • Writing for Justice Programs

In addition, we have an active Criminal Justice Club on the Long Island Campus, which provides extracurricular activities for students interested in the field. Each year, we sponsor events and celebrate National Criminal Justice Month to raise awareness of criminal justice policy issues in the city, region and state.