Welcome to the Criminal Justice Department
What's your approach to crime?
Are you an analytical thinker? Do you take a scientific approach when observing individual and group behavior? Do you ask why our criminal justice system operates the way it does? If you take the bigger picture into account, from the policymakers to those who uphold the law, then you'll know what it's like to study Criminal Justice at SJC Brooklyn.
The Department of Criminal Justice at St. Joseph's College provides you with an in-depth analysis of all facets of crime and crime control.
Examine the role of law enforcement agencies, courts, correctional agencies and private agencies that aid in the prevention and control of crime and delinquency. Alongside professors specializing in contemporary techniques that make a difference, make your future matter with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Criminal Justice Major
What can you do with a degree in criminal justice?
Our 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.
Criminal Justice Major (Professional)
A criminal justice degree for working professionals.
Our task is to prepare you to join the ranks of professionals in the criminal justice field or to enhance your promotion potential at an existing job. Achieve your personal goals. Become the leader, critical thinker, and policy maker in your chosen field. The Criminal Justice B.S. prepares students to think critically about (1) the causes and consequences of crime (2) evolving contemporary issues in the field of criminal justice, and (3) the role of empirical research to guide policy development.
Criminal Justice Minor
Augment your degree.
Learn about the fundamental processes of police, courts, and correctional systems. Acquire specialized knowledge of theories of crime causation, measurement, and societal responses through social control. Be on the cutting edge by applying this expertise to your future profession.
Criminology/Criminal Justice Certificate
Be on the cutting edge.
The program is geared towards students interested in pursuing a career within the field of criminal justice. Students will receive both theoretical and practical exposure to the system, and will develop widely applicable skills in research design and data analysis.
Criminology/Criminal Justice Certificate (Professional)
Apply your expertise to your future.
The program is geared towards professional students interested in the field of criminal justice. Students will receive both theoretical and practical exposure to the system, and will develop widely applicable skills in research design and data analysis.
Criminal Justice Online
B.S. in Criminal Justice Practice and Policy.
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. Unlike other programs, the degree focuses more on evidence-based practices known to be effective in the field, criminal justice policy analysis to assess alternative responses to crime and quantitative applications — all of which are essential skills for the advancing professional. Our criminal justice majors can explore careers as law enforcement officers, correction officers, social workers, counselors, investigators, and probation and parole officers. Some study law and become prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Katherine Sanchez '16
Criminal Justice Major
"I have always known I wanted to help people in anyway I could. I have always loved being able to help. When I came to SJC I sat down with (Criminal Justice Chair) Dr. Pascarella and he introduced me with the Technology track of the Criminal justice major."
Critical thinking develops leaders among our students who will not become obsolete as the criminal justice landscape changes. Under the tutelage of SJC Online professors and lifelong practitioners, you’ll have the capacities to grow, the thinking skills to excel and, hopefully, the ambition to adapt. Use this degree to enter numerous professions, including law enforcement, law, social work and more.