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      Studying 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. 

      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.

      • Criminal Justice 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

      • Career Opportunities

        A degree in Criminal Justice can lead to many potential jobs. 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

      • Internship Possibilities

        Internships allow our students to gain hands-on experience in the field they are pursuing. 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

      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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      Learn more about Criminal Justice

      Interested in pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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