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Criminal Justice Major

What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice is a sociological science that attempts to identify and interpret patterns of criminal behavior and analyze society's ability to control crime. It focuses on cause, prevention, as well as the legal process and the rehabilitation of criminals. The criminal justice programs will examine crime and criminal behavior, police and court processes, deviance and cultural norm violations and contemporary corrections issues.

What type of career can I look forward to with a Sociology - Applied Criminology/Criminal Justice degree?

Criminal Justice majors are prepared for careers in:

  • Police
  • Probation/Parole Officers
  • FBI
  • US Marshals Service
  • US Secret Service
  • Paralegals
  • Mediator
  • Court Administration
  • Victim Services

What makes Walsh's Criminal Justice major unique?

Students benefit from a liberal arts core curriculum, interactive learning environment and small classes with substantial student-professor contact. Service learning is also a critical component of education. Students partner with numerous organizations throughout the region where they work side by side with those in needs to help solve problems or tackle important issues affecting our society.

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

In addition to the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences core Sociology courses, major-related courses include:

  • Addictions
  • Criminology
  • Corrections
  • Law Adjudication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Crime and Justice
  • Women in Prison

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available with a Criminal Justice degree?

Walsh students intern in a variety of criminal justice settings. Read more about our Criminal Justice internship opportunities.

Who can I contact for more information?

Dr. Penny Bove, Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
(330) 490-7257