Criminal Justice

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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Arts

Major, Minor


Student fingerprinting with 2 police officers.

Why This Program?

Be part of the great comeback. 

If you are interested in 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 in government or private corporations at the local, state, and federal level. A degree in criminal justice is also a great foundation for furthering your education in a graduate program or law school. 

Career possibilities within the criminal justice system continue to expand and faculty members are committed to providing the most current information on those emerging trends with experts in the field. One new program provides a concentration 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.  
  • Set yourself up for success: Our staff will help and guide you to tailor your program to add another major or minors for your future career. 
  • 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!
  • Concentration in Homeland Security: Add the knowledge to aid your skills and abilities to protect our nation's critical infrastructure. 

Earn your well-rounded degree at an institution that understands the value of experiential learning and prioritizes you as an individual.