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Criminal Justice

About the program

Criminal Justice-class-AbneyThe Criminal Justice program at St. Mary’s University focuses on the integration of liberal studies with the professional preparation of the student. A Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from St. Mary’s prepares graduates for a variety of employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. The program aims to develop students’ critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and technology skills that will help them excel in the criminal justice field.

Criminal justice professionals and criminologists have assumed a central role in researching, formulating, implementing and evaluating public policy designed to control crime. Crime transcends all geographical, social and economic boundaries, affecting all countries and demographic strata. Controlling crime requires knowledge of individual and social factors that lead to criminal behavior, and strategies and practices to control crime. Criminal justice is the study of the administration, organization, goals, processes, practices, roles, philosophies and histories of organizations created to prevent and control crime and delinquency. These include the police and law enforcement agencies, courts, community-based corrections and correctional institutions.

Students can pursue one of the following program options:

Courses and Degree Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Requirements and Degree Plan

Minor in Criminal Justice Requirements and Plan

Internship Opportunities

Many of our students have earned internships at places such as the:

  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • Texas Department of Human Services
  • Texas Youth Commission
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • National Park Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have gained employment at places such as:

  • Police officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Forensic science technician
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Criminal profiler
  • Jury consultant
  • Expert witness
  • Private investigator
  • Insurance fraud investigator
  • Security specialist

Learn more about the St. Mary's Criminal Justice Program


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