Criminal Justice Program Description

The criminal justice program at Stevenson University takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the causes and consequences of criminal activity. The curriculum is designed to combine theory with practice, requiring courses in psychology, sociology, law, and technology, as well as in criminal justice.

The major core requirements focus on an introduction to criminal justice, as well as constitutional law, criminal law, and computer crimes. Students elect a specialty track in either law enforcement or social service. The law enforcement track focuses on police organization, criminal procedure and investigations, and corrections. The social service track focuses on children and family law, juvenile justice, addictions, and individual and group counseling. Both tracks require a capstone course in which students synthesize the information and insights from their other courses in the criminal justice curriculum and complete a major project or paper relating to a topic of special interest.

Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in their selected track or to continue their education in graduate programs. Students selecting the law enforcement track are prepared for careers in police and investigative work at the federal, state, and local levels of government, in public and private sector jobs in corrections facilities, in homeland security, and in protective services. The social service track prepares graduates for careers in fields such as child protective and family preservation services, juvenile justice, substance abuse, and behavioral disorders. Students are also prepared to continue their education in graduate programs or may elect to pursue a BS/MS option leading to a combined bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a degree in one of the other graduate programs offered at Stevenson University.