Saint Louis University

Offered by the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate criminology and criminal justice degree.


Saint Louis University Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree Overview

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree criminology and criminal justice incorporates an interdisciplinary perspective to examine the causes and correlations of criminal behavior and the institutions that respond to such behavior. If you choose to major in criminology and criminal justice as an undergraduate at SLU, you will 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.

Offered by the College for Public Health and Social Justice, SLU's criminology and criminal justice degree program offers students an opportunity to complete a field work 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 agencies that work with the University.

What You'll Learn in SLU's Criminology and Criminal Justice Program

Saint Louis University'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 policy.

Undergraduate criminology and criminal justice students who plan to go on to law school can take advantage of a specialized track that combines traditional legal studies with criminology and criminal justice courses. You'll also be able to customize your degree with electives, including those exploring race and crime, criminal investigations, juvenile justice, and understanding serial killers and career criminals.

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

What Can You Do With a Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree from SLU?

A criminology and criminal justice degree opens doors to employment in the criminal justice system and many nonprofit organizations. Other graduates pursue further education in law or other social sciences. Career options in criminology and criminal justice include:
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Federal government agent
  • Investigator
  • Police or security officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Lawyer
  • Policy analyst
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Youth worker
  • Juvenile justice officer
  • Researcher

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