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Criminal Justice - BA

Become part of our criminal justice system and provide safety and justice for everyone.

WHY STUDY CRIMINAL JUSTICE?

Get a broad-based understanding of the diverse nature of crime and justice and its relationship with society, with an emphasis on policing, courts and corrections. You’ll be taught by professors who have worked in criminal investigations, adult probation, corrections, substance abuse and counseling, and juvenile delinquency.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You'll learn to work as a team and gain hands-on experience using some of the most technologically advanced criminal forensic equipment in the country in our Crime Scene Investigation House and Lab. In our CSI House, you’ll learn how to secure, process and manage criminal investigations, determine probable cause, take latent fingerprints, document evidence, compare hair and fiber samples, cast tire and footprint impressions, write police reports and much more.

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE?

All of the experience you’ll get will prepare you to perform this important work.

Job titles:

  • Police officer
  • U.S. Border agent
  • Correctional officer
  • State trooper
  • U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector
  • U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm inspector
  • Criminologist
  • Customs patrol officer
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal
  • Fingerprint technician
  • U.S. Secret Service officer

Employers:

  • Police departments
  • State/federal government
  • Private businesses
  • Airports
  • Hospitals
  • Military
  • Public interest advocacy organizations

UNIQUE PROGRAM FEATURES

 

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Distinction one:

Travel abroad to study a special topic: human trafficking in the Netherlands, comparative justice in Ireland, conflict and diplomacy in Jordan, global justice in France, or psychology of criminal behavior in Denmark.

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Distinction two:

Hone your skills by working as an intern at one of many agencies and organizations. Our students have interned at the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, VA, U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Correctional Institution at McKean, Ocean City (MD) Police Department and the New Jersey’s Office of the Public Defender.

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Distinction three:

Students use professional-grade tools to solve “crimes” in the CSI House.

I like that there are opportunities for growth and leadership. Ephraim Johnson '19, a police officer with Prince William County (VA) Police