If you're looking for the type of "Criminal Justice" conjured up from your favorite televised crime show—a theatre major may be a better option. But if you're interested in the real-world drama of law enforcement, crime scene investigation, constitutional law, rehabilitation and treatment, you're in the right place. Future police officers, Federal agents, correctional counselors, and lawyers all launched their career here—by gaining a solid foundation and understanding of our criminal justice system.
Learn about current social justice and criminal justice topics inside a level-three prison when you sign up for our Inside Out Exchange program.
Complete an internship and explore career paths at sites like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and various law enforcement agencies.
At Xavier, learning goes way beyond textbooks and flashcards. Classes involve everything from blood spatter and hair analysis to fingerprinting and hostage negotiation workshops with the S.W.A.T. team.
Enhance your study of criminal justice and prepare for your career by participating in the Criminal Justice Society, which sponsors activities, speakers and service activities for students.
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Xavier graduates across the globe
Michael Zidar, a 24-year-old from Northeastern Ohio, graduated from Xavier with a Criminal Justice degree in 2013. He’s now a crime analyst at the Paducah Police Department in western Kentucky, where he uses statistical analysis to make the community safer for its residents.
Megan Connolly walked on to campus searching for a major and left convinced that Xavier’s Jesuit Catholic heritage brought out the best in both her spirit and her intellect.
Her name was Kelsie Crow, and she was only 17 when she died. Her life was cut short way too soon, but Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac and two of his staff hope her untimely death can be the catalyst for the kind of change needed to solve murders and homicides like hers.
A degree in criminal justice is applicable to many jobs and careers. Graduates of our program have gone on to become