School of Education & Human Services
Criminal Justice Major and Minor
Criminal justice, as an academic discipline, is concerned with the development of knowledge about crime, criminal behavior and those social institutions that deal with crime and criminal behavior (e.g., law enforcement, the criminal courts and corrections). The criminal justice major at Mount St. Mary's operates on three fundamental principles:
- There can be no criminal justice without a commitment to the principles and practices of social justice;
- Critical and logical thinking, problem solving, and clear and effective communication skills must be coupled with technical proficiency if we are to have a well-run system of justice; and
- A liberal arts education leads to a greater level of professionalism and to a fuller and more meaningful personal life for those pursuing a criminal justice career.
As such, this program aims to educate the whole person. The criminal justice major may be seen not only as integral to a liberal arts education, but also as sound preparation for advanced study (i.e., graduate school) and careers in the criminal justice field.
A bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice requires 39 credits. Majors must take the core courses:
In close consultation with a faculty advisor, criminal justice majors also are required to complete three additional and integrated elective courses (may be criminal justice and/or sociology) that are most appropriate to their needs.
Criminal Justice Minor
Criminal Justice minors require a minimum of 18 credits, which may include credits received for core courses. Additional electives should be selected in consultation with advisors and are subject to the approval of the chair of the department. Minor Courses include:
5 criminal justice courses, at least three of which should be at the 300 or 400 level
Double Major in Sociology / Criminal Justice
A bachelor of arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice requires 56 credits. Double major requirements are:
3 CJUST electives plus 4 SOC electives.
Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.