Criminal Justice Program (Major, minor)
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Social justice (m.) •
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Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
What is the Criminal Justice Program?
Criminal justice at Saint Martin’s is an interdisciplinary program that
focuses on the theory and research of criminal justice and criminology, and its
approach to the law. The program fosters intellectual growth, academic
discipline, effective oral and written expression, and critical understanding of
the social forces that form the criminal justice system.
Why study criminal justice at Saint Martin's?
A dedicated faculty – with strong ties to local law enforcement agencies –
provides students with a rich, practical environment for exploring the world of
criminal justice. Student who participate in Saint Martin’s Criminal Justice
- Study with professionals working in the field, as well as with our regular faculty.
- Gain hands-on experience during internships within agencies that form part of the criminal justice system.
- Complete a required capstone project that allows students to identify and pursue a contemporary issue of
significant and substantial concern.
In addition to more traditional coursework addressing the police, corrections
and the courts, Saint Martin’s students can broaden their perspective through a
wide range of specialty courses, including:
- Drugs and society
- Social justice
- Deviant behavior
- Juvenile justice and rehabilitation
- Restorative justice
For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please
visit our undergraduate criminal justice outcomes website.
What can I do with this major?
A broad range of career opportunities are available to a student majoring in
criminal justice. In addition to the field of law enforcement, graduates are
prepared for positions in such areas as:
- Legal research or representation
Graduates are also prepared for advanced study.
Students who pursue a minor in criminal justice can use this concentration to
enhance a major field of study such as psychology, social work, political
science, business or history.
For a complete list of professional applications,
whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint
Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit
our Career Center.
What is required?
- 12-15 semester hours of lower-division criminal justice courses such as:
- CJ 215 Police and Society
- PLS 150 Survey of American Government Politics
- 24-27 semester hours of upper-division criminal justice courses such as:
- CS/SOC 325 Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency
- CJ 410 Law and Society
All students majoring in criminal justice are required to complete a senior capstone project (CJ 499
Senior Seminar) and apply for Saint Martin's yearly scholarly presentation event,
- 21 semester hours in criminal justice, including CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
For a complete breakdown of criminal justice courses and requirements,
visit the undergraduate academic catalog.
Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's
general education requirements.
Research / internship opportunities
Research and internships are championed by the criminal justice faculty.
Students are encouraged to reach out to local agencies for internship
opportunities and graduates who wish to pursue publication can petition
faculty for assistance in the publication process.
Opportunities within criminal justice include:
- Senior thesis publication (e.g. DNA Evidence: Examining Police Officer's Knowledge of
Handling Procedures in a Mid-Size)
- Washington State Department of Corrections
- Washington State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
- Lacey Police Department
Related fields of study
Social justice (m.) | Social work
(M.) | Legal studies (m.) | Community services (M.)
| Women's studies (m.) | Communication studies
(M.) | Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)