Criminal Justice

Program Features

Students in this program develop a thorough understanding of the dynamics of criminal and delinquent behavior and the current system of law enforcement, courts and corrections. Beyond the classroom, Criminal Justice students gain experience and knowledge of basic criminal-justice systems through a required practicum in professional settings including law enforcement, courts and corrections facilities. Upon graduation, they have the skills and ethics required to serve in multiple capacities—from beat cop to crime scene investigator to prison administrator—or to attend graduate school.

Concentrations: Criminalistics

Minors: Criminal Justice

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Criminal Justice major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • Criminal Justice 101: Intro to Criminal Justice (Social Science Elective)............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language I............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First Year Seminar or Theo 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Core 101: Co-Curricular Program............ 0cr.
  • English 101: English Composition, or English Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Criminal Justice 102: Intro to Law Enforcement............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language II............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theo 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Core 102: Co-Curricular Program............ 0cr.
  • Oral Communications Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Criminal Justice 103: Intro to Corrections............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • English 205: Lit & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Criminal Justice Criminology............ 3cr.
  • Criminal Justice 381: Research Methods (Scientific Perspectives Elective)............ 3cr.
  • ERS Elective............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspectives: Philosophy 200............ 0cr.

Fall

  • Criminal Justice 201 Basic Const: Law & Amer. Justice............ 3cr.
  • Criminal Justice Elective............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Curriculum Requirement/DCR............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Criminal Justice 240: Criminal Law............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspective Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Writing-Intensive Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Criminal Justice 482: Planned Change/Admin............ 3cr.
  • Criminal Justice Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Criminal Justice 391: Criminal Justice Practice............ 3cr.
  • Criminal Justice 489: Senior Seminar/Capstone............ 3cr.
  • Criminal Justice Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

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-impact 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.

Clubs

Xavier Criminal Justice Society

The Criminal Justice Society is a networking group that meets monthly on campus and plans events featuring speakers from the profession, tours of forensics labs, safety rallies and service projects. The club also posts jobs and internship opportunities including from local police departments and the FBI.

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Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier's social impact majors, including Criminal Justice, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Highway patrol officers, correctional officers, correctional counselors, local and federal law enforcement officers, forensic science specialists, attorneys, probation officers

Top Companies: Cincinnati Police Department, U.S. Department of Justice, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the FBI

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All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Professional Experience

Students complete a three-hour practicum of supervised placement in criminal justice agencies. Work alongside police, court and corrections professionals or with counselors and caseworkers at local treatment centers.


Course Details

On the Inside

Go inside a level-three state prison for men or women with the Inside-Out Exchange program while earning 3 credit hours. It’s unlike any class you’ve ever had.


Course Details

MS In Criminal Justice

Sign on after graduation for Xavier’s online master’s in Criminal Justice and prepare to become a top-level decision maker in the field such as chief federal probation officer, FBI supervisor or head of a state department of correction.


Program Details

Criminal Justice Major at Xavier University

The Criminal Justice program at Xavier University has a long history of preparing graduates for careers in law enforcement, the judicial system and corrections. Membership on its Advisory Board includes judges, prosecutors and police, corrections and rehabilitation professionals. These longstanding relationships with community organizations provide students with multiple out-of-classroom opportunities to learn from professionals in the field. Graduates work in all facets of the criminal justice system, while some complete Xavier’s online master’s in Criminal Justice in preparation for administrative careers or go on to earn law degrees.

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."