Criminal Justice Studies provides our students with an interdisciplinary program which examines the intersections of justice, law, economics, policy, technology, and social change. Founded upon the College’s Franciscan and liberal arts heritage, the program offers Saints a Criminal Justice degree uniquely focused on restorative and transformational justice principles.

Our program explores qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and data collection, and the critical analysis of legal, social, cultural, economic, political, and technological issues and data that impact criminal justice policy and practice.

Our program includes three tracks:

Human Rights Track: This track explores the impact of Criminal Justice policies and procedures on humans, be they minorities, juveniles, children of incarcerated parents, the wrongfully convicted, victims of harm, the community or the person or institution(s) causing harm. Emphasis is placed on how to better serve those impacted by the Criminal Justice system through possible reforms and through the implementation of Restorative Justice processes, which focus on harm reduction and repair, and communal responsibility to ensure collective health and progress.

Policy, Practice & Administration: This track examines the ways in which our government institutions and infrastructure function in the realm of Criminal Justice. Saints in this track have the opportunity to probe the inner-workings of law enforcement, courts, and corrections, in addition to studying the processes of arbitration and mediation, always with an eye towards reimagining and restructuring these institutions to minimize harm rendered and ensure accountability to the individuals served by them.

Forensics Track: This track prepares Saints for leadership and management careers in the field of Criminal Forensics. They are provided the practical tools to conduct investigations as well as the ethical and legal background to challenge fraudulent practices that permit injustices to occur. As with the other tracks, emphasis will be placed on repairing the harm and holding institutions accountable to the communities they serve. 

The Criminal Justice programs we offer include:

The Journey ahead

Graduates of this program have strong research and analytical abilities as well as in-depth criminal justice theoretical knowledge from multidisciplinary and intersectional perspectives.