Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice

A major in Criminal Justice at Benedictine prepares you to work in any branch of criminal justice that interests you - from crime scene investigation to the courts. You learn from instructors with real world experience, including police chiefs and attorneys, and a 3-6 semester credit-hour field placement component provides experience in a professional agency under the supervision of a trained practitioner. You explore important social issues through coursework in sociology, psychology, economics, political science and anthropology. You interact with peers through the Criminal Justice Club and honor societies in Social Science and Psychology. The Criminal Justice major can also serve as a basis for graduate work or as a foundation if you plan to attend law school.

The Criminal Justice program can be offered at off campus sites to corporate partners. Learn more about our partnership opportunities at ben.edu/partner.

Program Overview

 Number  Title  Credits
 PLSC 105  Law and Politics  3
 PLSC 102  American Government  3
 CJUS 260  Introduction to Criminal Justice  3
 CJUS 206  Juvenile Justice  3
 PLSC 201  State and Local Government  3
 CJUS 321  Crime and Delinquency  3
 CJUS 243  Ethics in Policing  3
 CJUS 306  Correctional Systems  3
 CJUS 326  Introduction to Criminal Investigation  3
 CJUS 205  Radical and Ethnic Groups  3
 CJUS 356  Criminal Practicum/Lab  4
 CJUS 250  Basic and Applied Statistics  3
 CJUS 351  Research Methods  3
 CJUS 395  Senior Thesis  3
     43*

*Major Credits offered towards the 120 semester-credit hour graduation requirement.

Some Courses require prerequisites prior to registration; see advisor and refer to checklist upon admission.

Course listing and sequence subject to change.

Careers

Attorney    source
National Average Starting Salary
$55,400
National Annual Median Pay
$114,970
Career Growth Outlook
6%
Bailiff    source
National Average Starting Salary
$20,630
National Annual Median Pay
$38,150
Career Growth Outlook
4%
Border Patrol Agent    source
National Average Starting Salary
$33,760
National Annual Median Pay
$58,630
Career Growth Outlook
4%
Corrections Officer    source
National Average Starting Salary
$27,280
National Annual Median Pay
$39,780
Career Growth Outlook
4%
Court Reporter    source
National Average Starting Salary
$26,670
National Annual Median Pay
$49,860
Career Growth Outlook
2%
Crime Scene Investigator (Forensic Science Technician)    source
National Average Starting Salary
$33,610
National Annual Median Pay
$55,360
Career Growth Outlook
27%
Criminologist    source
National Average Starting Salary
$39,580
National Annual Median Pay
$72,810
Career Growth Outlook
-1%
Customs Agent    source
National Average Starting Salary
$31,410
National Annual Median Pay
$51,120
Career Growth Outlook
-6%
Federal Special Agent    source
National Average Starting Salary
$33,760
National Annual Median Pay
$79,870
Career Growth Outlook
4%
Game Warden    source
National Average Starting Salary
$33,760
National Annual Median Pay
$50,880
Career Growth Outlook
4%
Judge    source
National Average Starting Salary
$31,480
National Annual Median Pay
$102,380
Career Growth Outlook
-1%
Law Enforcement Officer    source
National Average Starting Salary
$33,760
National Annual Median Pay
$51,100
Career Growth Outlook
4%
Paralegal    source
National Average Starting Salary
$30,280
National Annual Median Pay
$48,350
Career Growth Outlook
8%
Parole Officer    source
National Average Starting Salary
$32,810
National Annual Median Pay
$49,060
Career Growth Outlook
4%
Police Detective    source
National Average Starting Salary
$33,760
National Annual Median Pay
$79,870
Career Growth Outlook
4%
Private Investigator    source
National Average Starting Salary
$27,000
National Annual Median Pay
$44,570
Career Growth Outlook
5%
Probation Officer    source
National Average Starting Salary
$32,810
National Annual Median Pay
$49,060
Career Growth Outlook
4%
Security Officer    source
National Average Starting Salary
$20,850
National Annual Median Pay
$24,470
Career Growth Outlook
5%
Sociologist    source
National Average Starting Salary
$39,580
National Annual Median Pay
$72,810
Career Growth Outlook
-1%
Substance Abuse Counselor    source
National Average Starting Salary
$25,310
National Annual Median Pay
$39,270
Career Growth Outlook
22%
Transportation Security Administration Officer    source
National Average Starting Salary
$24,960
National Annual Median Pay
$31,200
Career Growth Outlook
N/A%