Why study Criminology at Benedictine University Mesa?

Studying Criminology at Benedictine University Mesa teaches students to be critical thinkers; to acquire, understand, and synthesize knowledge pertaining to the criminal justice system; to learn research methodology and how it can be applied to questions of the correctional process and law creation, law enforcement and criminological theory; and to solve problems independently and cooperatively. Students also study the political, social and cultural forces that shape the criminal justice system. A degree in Criminology can open the door to a number of careers such as lawyer, judge, police officer, crime scene investigator, youth counselor or probation officer. 

Professional Internships

Almost all of the faculty at BenU Mesa have had previous careers in the criminal justice field, so our students have incredible resources directly at their fingertips. Students have gained valuable experience at the Mesa Police Department, with victim advocate groups, and even in the office of prison minstry. 

The Criminal Justice Club

Benedictine University’s Criminal Justice Club will prepare individuals to analyze effects of crime in communities, societies, and differing cultures as well as develop students’ criminological skills. This club will adequately equip students with invaluable information and experiences that will have lasting impacts. This club will instill high values and morals upon each individual. All students will develop an appreciation for justice and equality. The Criminal Justice Club aims to enlighten students’ knowledge about the various parts in this field of work by fundraising participation in community events, listening to guest speakers, and collaborating with programs in the area. 

Sample Courses

• CJUS 3326: Criminal Investigation
• CJUS 4321: Crime and Delinquency
• CJUS 2206: Juvenile Justice
• CJUS 2212: Race and Crime
• CJUS 3306: Corrections
• CJUS 3360: Inequalities and The War on Drugs

Shelby Harris, '20

"Being involved on campus has made me more independent and a better communicator. Transferring in as a junior, I didn’t know anyone. I immediately joined the Criminal Justice Club and the Peer Ministry Team and within days I was planning events, meeting new people and 
making connections. Being the Criminal Justice Club President has opened so many doors and opportunities within the city of Mesa. When I leave here, I know that I did everything I could do to secure my success.”

Benedictine is in CO+HOOTS

The CO+HOOTS Institute for Entrepreneurship at Benedictine will begin in the Fall of 2020 and offer BenU Mesa students a safe environment to learn and launch a potential business under the guidance of practicing, experienced, and successful entrepreneurs. The four-year intensive immersion program will develop and support the growth of our students’ innovative and creative ideas.  Applications are now being accepted!

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