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Criminal justice is a true multidisciplinary field of study. It is by informed by the study of law, sociology, political science, history, psychology, economics, geography, political and social philosophy, and the natural sciences. Criminal justice is thus quite broad and encompasses diverse content and methods. The criminal justice major requires students to complete a broad array of courses in criminal justice and criminology, including contemporary problems and topics as well as offerings in comparative criminal justice and global issues; the social sciences; and research methods.
Criminal Justice at STAC
The criminal justice major at St. Thomas Aquinas College prepares students for a wide range of careers in law enforcement, the courts and corrections in local, state or federal levels of government, as well as in private and not-for-profit organizations. The degree also provides a solid foundation for further academic pursuits in graduate or professional school, for careers in teaching, research, policy, social work and the law.
The criminal justice program at St. Thomas Aquinas College has at its base the exploration and understanding of the interrelationships among crime and criminal behavior, the criminal justice system and society. Students will acquire and refine critical thinking skills that can be applied to issues, problems, practices and policies in criminal justice. Students will also be exposed to the requirements of ethical practice in criminal justice. The program encourages a commitment to social justice, enabling students to develop as informed citizens of a democracy which is concerned with fair, humane and respectful treatment of every citizen in our multicultural society while balancing the need to effectively address problems of crime and its control.
Criminal Justice majors can find themselves working in any of the following areas: social services, judiciary and law, law enforcement, business, and education. For more information about what you can do with this major and the sort of positions within these areas, visit our Career Services website.
Dr. Ellen F. Chayet, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Matthew D. Semel, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice