Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in criminology and criminal justice examines
the causes and correlations 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.
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 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.
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 agencies that
work with the University.
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
Brian Boutwell, Ph.D.
Noelle Fearn, Ph.D.
Mary Dyan McGuire, Ph.D., J.D.
Norman White, Ph.D.
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.”
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.