Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Only regional program with both undergraduate & graduate degrees
  • Solid foundation in Policing, Corrections, and Criminology
  • Internship opportunities

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The Criminal Justice program provides a solid foundation for the growing number of careers for law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, security services and criminal investigation for college graduates. Students select their course of study from academic courses coupled with an internship and an individualized research project for a sound and practical education.A special feature of the program is the optional five-year master's degree in Criminal Justice offered to qualified undergraduates. This arrangement permits students to complete a master's degree in one year, following completion of the four-year Marywood bachelor's degree program. A traditional master's degree in Criminal Justice is also available.

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Brian Monahan
Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice

Patrick Seffrin
Director of Crim. Justice Program, Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice

Anthony Peter Gach
Lecturer in Criminal Justice

Raymond J. Colleran
Lecturer in Criminal Justice
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Students are prepared to enter careers in the following areas: Corrections Officer, Juvenile Justice Case Worker, Law Enforcement Administrator, Local, State or Federal Investigator, Police Officer, Prison Manager, Probation Officer, Security Officer.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Criminal Justice

The student who majors in Criminal Justice will:

  1. acquire a working knowledge of American criminal justice institutions, including law enforcement, adjudication, and corrections;
  2. engage in the formal modes of inquiry which are used to understand problems of crime and social control and engage in honest and effective research on these matters;
  3. participate effectively in the discussion of contemporary issues in American criminal justice, exercising respect and critical thinking when analyzing the opinions of others and tentativeness when formulating one’s own conclusions;
  4. respond actively and effectively to the challenges confronting American criminal justice institutions relating the insights of the field to current issues;
  5. empathize with the human condition of members of the criminal and public populations served by criminal justice institutions, displaying respect for and an understanding of the social and cultural characteristics of the diverse populations served.


The Criminal Justice major prepares the student for a career and/or graduate study in the field of criminal justice. For those who wish to enter the labor market upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, the program provides excellent preparation for careers in law enforcement, criminal investigation, corrections, and probation and parole. Internships with local, state and national criminal justice agencies are available to qualified majors providing specific preparation for future employment. For students who wish to pursue further education in criminal justice, the program offers advanced standing in the Marywood graduate program in Criminal Justice, permitting qualified students to complete a master’s degree in Criminal Justice in their fifth year of study at the University.

Four-Year Degree Program in Criminal Justice (54 credits)


A. 27 credits (nine courses) in Criminal Justice:

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CJ 220 Law Enforcement
3
CJ 303 Criminology
3
CJ 319 Criminal Law and Procedure
3
CJ 351 Social Research
3
CJ 433 The American Prison
3
CJ 454 Computer Applications in Social Research
3
CJ 460 Criminal Justice Internship
3
CJ 465 Coordinating Seminar in Criminal Justice
3

B. 15 credits (five courses) in electives from the following:

CJ 101 Shadow and Service
3
CJ/BIOL 105 DNA Forensics
( may be taken to satisfy LA science requirement)
3
CJ 200 Introduction to the Legal System
3
CJ 201 The Juvenile Justice System
3
CJ 206 Community Corrections
3
CJ 219 Drugs in American Society
3
CJ 224 Criminal Investigation 3
CJ 302 White Collar Crime 3
CJ 322 Criminalistics and the Crime Lab
3
CJ 330 Prosecuting Criminal Cases
3
CJ 405 Deviant Behavior in Society
3
CJ 410 Race, Crime and Poverty in America
3
CJ 425 Children’s Rights and Societal Responses
3
PSYC 440 Forensic Psychology  
*CJ 503 Criminal Justice Administration
3
*CJ 522 Criminology
3
*CJ 544 Staff Supervision in Criminal Justice
3
*CJ 576 Corrections
3
LE 318 Family Law
3
SOC 411 The Family
3

*CJ 500 graduate electives. Up to 12 graduate credits may be taken by CJ undergraduate students who have been accepted into the five-year CJ Masters program in the fourth year (UG) of their program. These courses are also open to seniors enrolled in the regular four-year undergraduate program with QPA of 3.0 or better and the CJ Program Director’s permission. For graduation, students must have a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 2.00.

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.