Criminal Justice

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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Arts

Major, Minor

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Why This Program?

Supporting the world of justice. 

If you are interested in the law, criminal investigations, law enforcement, or corrections then a degree in criminal justice could be right for you. A major in criminal justice provides a great foundation for careers as police officers, lawyers, probation, parole, and correctional officers, or to further your education by obtaining a graduate degree in one of these areas.

Career possibilities within the criminal justice system continue to expand and faculty members are committed to provide the most current information on those emerging trends. One new program provides an emphasis in Homeland Security and Emergency Management applicable for local, state, and federal agencies and corporations.

  • Get a well-rounded degree: At Briar Cliff, you will learn not only how our justice system works but, with an education rooted in Franciscan values, you will also be prepared to make a difference in how our society addresses crime, victims, and criminal offenders. 
  • Gain hands-on experience: You will be afforded opportunities to gain personal experience through completing a senior internship program.  
  • Be a name, not a number: Learn from faculty who have years of real practice in law and law enforcement. And with our small student-to-faculty ratio, you can form relationships with your professors that last a lifetime.
  • Minor in legal studies: Interested in becoming a lawyer? A minor in legal studies is the best way to prepare for your success in law school after Briar Cliff!

Earn your well-rounded degree at an institution that understands the value of experiential learning and prioritizes you as an individual. With an education rooted in Franciscan values, you will be prepared to make a difference in how our society addresses crime, victims, and criminal offenders.