Undergraduate Program (BS)

Criminal Justice

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.

Sample Four-Year Criminal Justice Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Criminal Justice 101: Intro to Criminal Justice (Social Science Elective) 3
Foreign Language I 3
Core 100: First Year Seminar or Theo 111: Theological Foundations 3
Core 101: Co-Curricular Program 0
English 101: English Composition, or English Rhetoric 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Criminal Justice 102: Intro to Law Enforcement 3
Historical Perspectives Elective 3
Foreign Language II 3
Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theo 111: Theological Foundations 3
Core 102: Co-Curricular Program 0
Oral Communications Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Criminal Justice 103: Intro to Corrections 3
Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
Theological Perspectives Elective 3
English 205: Lit & Moral Imagination 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Criminal Justice Criminology 3
Criminal Justice 381: Research Methods (Scientific Perspectives Elective) 3
ERS Elective 3
Mathematical Perspectives Elective 3
Philosophical Perspectives: Philosophy 200 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
Criminal Justice 201 Basic Const: Law & Amer. Justice 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
Diversity Curriculum Requirement/DCR 3
Humanities Elective 3
Quantitative Reasoning Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Criminal Justice 240: Criminal Law 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Creative Perspective Elective 3
General Elective 3
Writing-Intensive Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Criminal Justice 482: Planned Change/Admin 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Criminal Justice 391: Criminal Justice Practice 3
Criminal Justice 489: Senior Seminar/Capstone 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Criminal Justice major at Xavier:

Intro to Law Enforcement (CJUS 102) - Overview of policing problems and procedures; legal and philosophical issues in law enforcement; organization and administration of police agencies.

Criminology (CJUS 206) - This course explores the cause of crime and deviance from varying theoretical perspectives in the social sciences. As an introductory survey of the classical and positivist schools of criminology, theories covered include human ecology, social structural approaches, social process (learning) theories, socio-biological theories, developmental theories and control theories.

Basic Const Law and Amer Justice (CJUS 210) - Studies the ratification and incorporation of the Bill of Rights. Examines judicial review, the jurisdiction and organization of federal and state court systems, and the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment provisions relevant to law enforcement and judicial process.

Methods of Research in CJUS (CJUS 381) - This course is designed to acquaint students with basic research methodology that is useful in understanding criminological and criminal justice scholarship. By the end of the course the students should: (1) understand the language of research, (2) understand and apply the research process and data gathering strategies, and (3) have a basic understanding of research appearing in professional journals. This course fulfills students' scientific perspectives requirement.

2ND YEAR Learn about current social justice and criminal justice topics inside a level-three prison when you sign up for our Inside Out Exchange program.

2ND YEAR

Learn about current social justice and criminal justice topics inside a level-three prison when you sign up for our Inside Out Exchange program.

STAND OUT THAT'S THE XAVIER DIFFERENCE

INVESTIGATIVE INTERNSHIPS

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.

HANDS ON LEARNING

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.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

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.

Xavier by the numbers

150

CLOCK HOURS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

98%

PLACEMENT RATE

65,000+

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AFTER GRADUATION

A degree in criminal justice is applicable to many jobs and careers. Graduates of our program have gone on to become

  • Highway patrolmen
  • Correctional officers
  • Correctional counselors
  • Local and federal law enforcement officers
  • Forensic science specialists
  • Attorneys
  • Probation officers
  • Graduate school

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