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Criminology and Criminal Justice

Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in criminology and criminal justice examines the causes and correlates of criminal behavior and the institutions that respond to such behavior. You’ll get a well-rounded academic orientation to the nature of criminal offending and victimization. You will examine law enforcement, community and institutional corrections and court administration and the law.


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Graduates of the program go on to careers as correctional officers, detectives, federal agents, lawyers, police officers, researchers, probation and parole officers, youth workers and others.

Major in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Offered by the College for Public Health and Social Justice, SLU's undergraduate criminology and criminal justice curriculum covers topics including law enforcement and corrections. You'll study legal procedures, theories of crime and criminal justice ethics.

Some students may also choose to take honors-level criminology and criminal justice courses in addition to honors core courses.

SLU's criminology and criminal justice degree program gives students an opportunity to complete a fieldwork practicum. In addition to that valuable, hands-on experience, you will also have the chance to explore areas of criminology and criminal justice by volunteering in one of more than 250 St. Louis-area social service and criminal justice agencies that work with the University.

Highlighted Courses
  • CCJ 1010: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 2000: Research Methods in CCJ
  • CCJ 2050: Multiculturalism for the CJ Professional
  • CCJ 2150: Criminology: The Nature of Crime
  • CCJ 2500: Statistics in CCJ
  • CCJ 3200: Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 4960: Capstone

Criminal justice systems: Select three from the following:

  • CCJ 2200: Law Enforcement
  • CCJ 2250: Institutional and Community Corrections
  • CCJ 3100: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • CCJ 4050: Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CCJ 4150: Criminal Investigations
  • CCJ 4910: CCJ Internship

Nature of crime: Select three from the following:

  • CCJ 3100: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • CCJ 3150: Contemporary Theories of Crime
  • CCJ 3300: Corporate and White Collar Crime
  • CCJ 3350: Understanding Serial Killers
  • CCJ 3400: Victimology and Victimization
  • CCJ 3500: Race and Crime
  • CCJ 3550: The Science of Evil
  • CCJ 3600: Mental Health and Crime
  • CCJ: 4010: CCJ Externship
Internships and Careers

A criminology and criminal justice degree opens doors to employment in the criminal justice and juvenile system and many nonprofit organizations. Potential careers include correctional officer, detective, federal agent, lawyer, police officer, researcher, probation and parole officer, and youth worker.

Other graduates pursue further education in law or other social sciences.


SLU's criminology and criminal justice faculty are nationally recognized as leaders in research and community engagement with years of professional experience in the field.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice

SLU’s criminology and criminal justice minor incorporates the scientific study of criminal behavior, the law and institutions such as law enforcement, the courts, probation and parole, and corrections. A total of 18 credit hours are required, including "CCJ 1010: Introduction to Criminal Justice,” “CCJ 2050: Multiculturalism for the CJ Professional” and “CCJ 3200: Ethics in Criminal Justice.”

Innovative Approach

Focus on Social Justice

SLU's criminology and criminal justice program is innovative in its approach to improving our criminal justice system. It focuses on the human aspects of violence and crime within the justice system and in communities.