Criminal Justice Studies

About Our Programs

The Criminal Justice Studies Program (CJS) offers 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.

Students successfully completing the Criminal Justice Studies major:

  • Understand how historical, theoretical, ethical, legal and social justice concerns impact the justice system
  • Are able to critically analyze and develop responses to justice challenges
  • Are able to use social science research methods to investigate justice problems
  • Develop professional skills in real-world settings
  • Are able to effectively communicate their perspectives on complex justice issues to diverse audiences

We also offer a minor in Criminal Justice Studies, which can complement any undergraduate degree program with 18-19 semester hours of coursework.


Interested in learning about our programs?

We’d love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-4242 or email us at If you’d like to schedule a general campus visit or tour, learn about the options available through the link below.

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Criminal Justice Studies Program

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1447