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

The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, which provides the opportunity for comprehensive study of criminology and criminal justice, and a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students completing the Bachelor of Arts degree may pursue professional careers in government or the private sector as well as apply for admission to law or graduate schools.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. CCJ majors, through consultation with advisors, should choose elective courses from Core Curriculum requirements that will enhance their awareness of the complex social and cultural issues confronting contemporary American society.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements.

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Odalys Vielma

“The faculty here have done great things throughout their careers and it shows. They’ll do everything they can to prepare you for life after college.”

– Odalys Vielma ’19, current law student, St. Mary’s University


Marketable skills gained from this program:

  1. Critical Thinking – includes creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  2. Problem Solving – includes finding solutions to difficult or complex issues
  3. Empirical Inquiry – includes the use of research skills and the scientific method to identify solutions to complex problems