Criminal Justice & Criminology

In the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system. Through classroom and field experiences, you will learn to serve your community while protecting the unique dignity of each person with whom you interact.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology

The Criminal Justice and Criminology program is a career-focused degree with a strong liberal arts foundation. The core focuses on social justice, criminal justice, victimology, and criminology and incorporates the closely connected fields of Sociology and Social Justice as well as Political Science. The required Sociology and Social Justice core and the Political Science core provides students the opportunity to double major in either Sociology and Social Justice or Political Science. The generous amount of electives also allows students to pursue a double major or minor in a complementary field.

Graduates generally enter careers in law enforcement, criminal investigation, corrections, court administration and victim services, often gaining employment with government agencies. Others continue to graduate school and seek opportunities in law, education, counseling, or research.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology, USF students will demonstrate:

  • a basic understanding of the major themes, subfields, and persistent questions in the study of criminal justice and criminology.
  • competency in criminology and criminal justice research.

Additionally, students graduating with the BA will demonstrate:

  • the ability to analyze and interpret research data.
  • the ability to present their research in a clear and concise manner. 

Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology degree requires 120 credit hours:

  • 46-49 credit hours of general education courses
  • 12 credit hours in Sociology
  • 12 credit hours in Political Science
  • 15 credit hours in Criminal Justice
  • 12 credit hours in Criminology
  • elective courses as needed

The A.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology degree requires 64 credit hours:

  • 21 credit hours of general education courses
  • 18 credit hours in Social Sciences
  • 18 credit hours in Criminology
  • elective courses as needed

Program of Study

The B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology degree requires:

  • Sociology, 12 credit hours: CRIM 230, SOCI 250, SOCI 355, SOCI 395
  • Political Science, 12 credit hours: POLI 102, POLI 200, POLI 300, POLI 312
  • Criminal Justice, 15 credit hours: CRIM 150, CRIM 180, CRIM 200, CRIM 235, CRIM 250
  • Criminology, 12 credit hours: CRIM 320, CRIM 400, CRIM 401, CRIM 450

The A.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology degree requires:

  • Social Science, 18 credit hours: SOCI 101 or POLI 101, POLI 102, POLI 200, CRIM 230, SOCI 250, SOCW 198
  • Criminology, 18 credit hours: CRIM 150, CRIM 180, CRIM 200, CRIM 235, CRIM 250, SOCW 200

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

Criminal Justice and Criminology majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 and are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required by the major.

Graduation Requirements

Criminal Justice and Criminology majors must meet USF graduation requirements.

For more information about the Criminal Justice and Criminology program, please contact the Program Director, Heather Jeffries, at 260.399.7700, ext. 8107.

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