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Welcome to the Criminal Justice Studies Program

As an interdisciplinary program within a Catholic, Marianist university, our program encourages students to become "improvement agents" in their service to the community. Students are expected to demonstrate the behaviors necessary for effective personal and group relationships while incorporating the rights and responsibilities of individuals, accepting and utilizing criticisms, and respecting human differences. The Criminal Justice Studies Program attempts to educate majors, minors and interested students who upon graduation will take an active interest in their community either as professionals or concerned citizens. Criminal Justice Studies majors are encouraged to demonstrate an independent willingness to advance the practice of criminal justice through their classes and seminars, meetings with their student associations, and interactions with the faculty.

Academic Programs

The Criminal Justice Studies Program (CJS) within the College of Arts and Sciences is housed in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. The Program offers the second major in the department, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. The major is composed of an interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of faculty in sociology, anthropology, social work, political science, and psychology. Students majoring in criminal justice can construct their major from a broad array of social science courses. The department and program offer numerous opportunities to engage in service learning and participate in our well-developed internship program that offers placements in community, corporate, or justice administration agencies at the local, state, or federal level.

The interdisciplinary program's scholarly structure assists students in (1) understanding both the instruments and institution of law, our normative legal system and the criminal justice process, (2) identifying the various fundamental propositions of justice, the myths regarding coercive power and the reductionist view of rationality in traditional criminal justice thought, and (3) contributing to a more humanistic generation who are willing to address the social, political, and economic roots of criminality while advancing the cause of civic responsibility.


There are many diverse career paths that the Criminal Justice Studies major can choose after graduation. The program prides itself on providing its students with ample opportunities to succeed after graduation. An active internship program provides experience that improves the success rate of graduates. The CJS website posts available positions regularly and faculty also provide guidance in this area.

Some graduates choose law enforcement, criminal investigation, intelligence, probation and parole counseling, research, consumer advocacy and international services. Positions are available with correctional agencies at the federal, state and county level; in municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies, as well as with some prosecutor and public defender's offices as online investigators. Positions are also available in industrial security, the consumer advocacy arena and with select law firms as possible paralegals.

Opportunities & Activities

Students in the Criminal Justice Studies Program have many opportunities for innovative, non-conventional learning experiences as well as extra-curricular activities.

Get to Know Us

The Criminal Justice Studies Program draws from a diverse group of interdisciplinary faculty, ensuring a well-rounded educational experience for our students.

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Research & Scholarship

In addition to supporting and mentoring numerous student research opportunities, the faculty who teach for the Criminal Justice Studies Program are represented by a large body of research several discipline-related topics. Students have the opportunity to present their research at various local, regional and national symposia.

Internship Opportunities For Criminal Justice Students

Criminal Justice Studies internships provide students with a link between academics and the world of work. The knowledge and experience to be gained with an internship is significant and valuable. Internships are coordinated with several agencies at local, regional, state and national levels. We also provide a menternship program - a mentoring network that connects students that are new to the world of interning with experienced student interns.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Criminal Justice Studies Program

University of Dayton
St. Joseph Hall Room 436
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1447

Phone: 937-229-4242
Fax: 937-229-3900