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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

At the University of St. Thomas, we explore the criminal justice system in its complex social context and strive to create justice by focusing on theory, research, and practice. The criminal justice program engages in critical questions about law enforcement, courts and corrections, preparing you for a wide range of exciting careers.

Why Study Criminal Justice at St. Thomas?

Our program prepares you to be a leader. You gain skills in social scientific research and intercultural competence, integral skills for our increasingly globalized world. You learn to innovate, communicate and solve problems for the 21st century. We promote academic excellence with a focus on transferable skills in research, theoretical analysis of crime and criminal behavior, and much more. Our students go on to work in a variety of fields, such as law enforcement, court services, victim services, and research. A degree in criminal justice also prepares students to continue their education in graduate school and law school.

Interdisciplinary Knowledge and Skills

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Scholarships
  • Outside of the Classroom
  • The criminal justice program is an interdisciplinary study of crime and deviance, borrowing heavily from sociology, psychology, and political science. You explore topics such as the role police play in our society, while examining the intricacies of the judicial process and the effectiveness of current correctional policies and practices. In addition, you have opportunities to take courses on topics related to constitutional rights and liberties, psychopathology and the anatomy of violence.
    We recommend connecting with a faculty member to plan your career at St. Thomas so you can ensure you are completing courses matching your interests, and most importantly, graduation requirements.
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • Minor in Criminal Justice
    The Mikulay and Misencik Criminal Justice Scholarship is for St. Thomas students who have completed 92 credits with a major or minor in criminal justice, with preference given to students pursuing a career in law enforcement. The scholarship supports educational diversity at the university in the criminal justice program, and recipients will demonstrate their how they overcame adversity, volunteerism and contributions to educational diversity.
    Our students regularly participate in internships throughout the year. We support students in locating these opportunities with our annual Career Expo, bringing 25 community partners to campus to speak with them about opportunities with their organizations. In addition, we offer service learning opportunities to address complex issues related to society, such as family homelessness, domestic violence and youth assistance programs.

    Course Requirements

    The criminal justice program is an interdisciplinary study of crime and deviance, borrowing heavily from sociology, psychology, and political science. You explore topics such as the role police play in our society, while examining the intricacies of the judicial process and the effectiveness of current correctional policies and practices. In addition, you have opportunities to take courses on topics related to constitutional rights and liberties, psychopathology and the anatomy of violence.

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend connecting with a faculty member to plan your career at St. Thomas so you can ensure you are completing courses matching your interests, and most importantly, graduation requirements.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • Minor in Criminal Justice

    Scholarships

    The Mikulay and Misencik Criminal Justice Scholarship is for St. Thomas students who have completed 92 credits with a major or minor in criminal justice, with preference given to students pursuing a career in law enforcement. The scholarship supports educational diversity at the university in the criminal justice program, and recipients will demonstrate their how they overcame adversity, volunteerism and contributions to educational diversity.

    Outside of the Classroom

    Our students regularly participate in internships throughout the year. We support students in locating these opportunities with our annual Career Expo, bringing 25 community partners to campus to speak with them about opportunities with their organizations. In addition, we offer service learning opportunities to address complex issues related to society, such as family homelessness, domestic violence and youth assistance programs.
    Ramsey County Attorney Office Director of Child Support Enforcement Division Mark Ponsolle and third-year law student Kirsten Zewers.

    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different careers after graduation.

    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Lawyer
    • Probation Officer
    • Victim Advocate
    • Counselor
    • Research/Data Analyst
    • Grant writer

    Talk About Opportunities

    We strive to connect you with various community partners throughout your undergraduate career at St. Thomas.

    Community-Engaged Coursework

    Our faculty collaborate with a variety of community partners so we can understand today's most pressing social challenges and work toward innovative solutions for the common good.

    POST-Certified

    The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training certifies our law enforcement program.

    Study Abroad

    Students have studied abroad in Italy and Ghana, and opportunities now include trips to Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.

    Get Involved

    We believe it is important for you to connect with our community partners, your fellow students, and the distinguished faculty in our program.
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    Know the System

    Criminal justice at St. Thomas prepares you to be a leader. Our curriculum equips with social science research and intercultural competence skills to navigate the complexities of our modern society.