Undergraduate Degree Program

Criminal Justice

What’s real on Court TV, Judge Judy, Law & Order, CSI? How do you respond when pulled over by a police officer? Why do people break the law or behave destructively? What constitutes ‘fair’ treatment or an appropriate response to criminal activity?

Your study of criminal justice at Albertus Magnus College builds on our strengths in psychology and sociology and takes place within the humanities-oriented context of our liberal arts curriculum. As you review cases from the United States Supreme Court, you’ll learn sociological theories of crime causation and develop your abilities in critical reading, writing and ethical reasoning.

To prepare for careers in social services and criminal justice that directly support police and government law enforcement efforts, you’ll explore the basis for your own beliefs, read and analyze facts and circumstances of a variety of cases, and gain appreciation for the multiple perspectives at play in every situation.

By understanding the relationship of gender, class structure, race and ethnicity to the criminal justice system in the United States, you’ll develop a more person-centered view of crime and law enforcement. As you acquire counseling skills and awareness of individuals’ behavior within families and societal groups, you will be able to take on leadership roles in your profession and community that demonstrate respectful and effective interactions with all citizens.

In AMC’s small classes, you benefit from the personal attention of our professional faculty who are dedicated to your success and may serve as your pre-law advisor. They are also excited about our active, experiential approach to learning. As your class unfolds, you may find yourself taking on the role of a person in the case under review, acting out the situation, discussing different philosophies and viewpoints, and interacting with your peers to fully explore the practical effects of court rulings on law enforcement and the legal system.

As you grow in your ability to read, reason and write at a deeper level, you’ll learn to demonstrate the multi-step thought process involved in addressing the tough issues faced by criminal justice professionals. You’ll also discover the value of keeping an open mind, being inquisitive and maintaining a willingness to explore different perspectives.

You’ll take what you learned into the field and gain practical experience in the criminal justice system through at least two guided internships that may include involvement in police station procedures or shadowing parole officers, probation officers, law enforcement officers or legal and court workers.

Majoring in criminal justice at AMC is excellent preparation for law school or graduate programs in social work, criminal justice or public administration. You may also study for a minor in criminal justice.

Concentrations in Criminal Justice/Sociology

  • General Sociology
  • Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Criminal Justice
  • Urban Studies

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