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Criminal Justice

Safer communities start here.

How can data be used to stop a crime before it starts? When is it appropriate to release certain information about an ongoing case? And what steps should law enforcement take to build relationships with community leaders? Those working in criminal justice find solutions to these questions and more.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree program in criminal justice is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely—exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

There can be no criminal justice without a commitment to the principles and practices of social justice. Today’s communities require a different approach to law enforcement. The Mount’s program provides a sociological perspective informed by principles of restorative justice and Catholic social teaching. The result is a greater level of professionalism and a better understanding of how to build trust through collaboration.

As a criminal justice major, you’ll study the various aspects of the American justice system, including the police, the courts and the corrections system. Through criminology, you’ll study the making and breaking of laws, and the social reaction that follows. You’ll also discuss violent crime, property crime and “victimless crime,” as well as the social control of crime. In criminal law, you’ll cover legal principles through case studies, looking at the basic elements of crime, crimes against people, property and society in general, and the privileges and defenses of the accused. Our faculty includes working professionals who work closely with students and cover a variety of specializations, ranging from cyber to street crime, as well as issues surrounding guns, drugs and immigration.

A criminal justice degree will open opportunities to various careers such as an intelligence analyst for the FBI working to stop terrorism, a U.S. Marshall apprehending fugitives across the country, or a police detective helping keep criminals off the streets of your town.

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Where criminal justice majors go.

Mount grads have landed positions at leading agencies and organizations such as:

  • United States Supreme Court Police Department
  • FBI special agent / intelligence analyst
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Maryland State Police
  • Prince George’s County Police Department
  • Carroll County Police Department
  • Alexandria Police Department
  • International Bank, New Jersey
  • KeyPoint Government Solutions
  • Child Protective Services, Bucks County Children and Youth
  • Director of Shelter Services for the Homeless, Coalition for Compassion and Justice
  • Investigator, U.S. Department of Personnel and Management
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About the minor.

Pair a criminal justice minor with a political science degree to shape law enforcement policy or to pursue a career as a public information manager, or a cybersecurity degree to become a computer forensics investigator with a government agency.

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About the double major.

In the sociology / criminal justice double major, you’ll gain an understanding of how groups and individuals function and live together in society, and set yourself up to enter fields such as social services, government, community relations, the nonprofit sector or business, and for careers as a federal law enforcement agent, criminologist, private detective, paralegal, forensics analyst or military officer.

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