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Criminal Justice at St. Mary’s

The Criminal Justice program at St. Mary’s University focuses on the integration of liberal studies with the professional preparation of the student. 

What is Criminal Justice?

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.

Degree Plans

The Criminal Justice program aims to develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and technology skills to help them excel in the criminal justice field.

Students can pursue:

Criminal Justice Course Highlights

Students have numerous core major courses, as well as room for electives.

Course highlights include:

  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Legal Topics in Criminal Justice

Internship Possibilities

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

  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • Texas Department of Human Services
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • National Park Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Fire Marshall
  • Emergency Management

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers, including:

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

Special Programs and Student Activities

St. Mary’s offers a wide variety of events, clubs, activities and special programs so students can spend time outside the classroom enjoying the other things they love. Criminal Justice majors might be interested in:

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