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The Criminal Justice/Criminology major develops in students an understanding and appreciation of the various dynamics related to criminality, the law, and its enforcement. Grounded in an interdisciplinary approach to examining crime as a social phenomenon, the major combines an emphasis on theoretical learning with professional field based education.

Criminal Justice/Criminology majors learn the theoretical foundations for comprehending the occurrence of criminality in society. They receive professional instruction regarding the operating structures and processes of the various social agencies charged with the control of criminality in society, and they have the opportunity to research in greater detail the diverse issues related to criminality and the criminal justice system.

The Maryville student who majors in Criminal Justice/Criminology is prepared for a variety of career trajectories. For students interested in working within the criminal justice system upon graduation, the Criminal Justice/Criminology major prepares them for jobs in law enforcement, probation and parole, and community service. For students interested in pursuing a graduate degree, the Criminal Justice/Criminology major with its grounding in the social sciences has proven to be excellent preparation for future success in graduate school or law school.

To assist students in achieving their career goals, the Criminal Justice/Criminology major offers a number of unique learning opportunities. 


St Louis County and Municipal Police Academy Partnership
The Criminal Justice/Criminology program maintains a programmatic partnership with the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy. Students who meet the entrance standards for the Academy and choose to pursue Academy training can use that experience to earn 13 hours of college credit toward completion of the major. Upon successful completion of this training program and the certification exam, Students become fully certified as law enforcement officers.

Senior Seminar
Students who are interested in pursuing a law degree or other graduate degree may take advantage of the major’s senior seminar experience. Students choosing this path for their major have the opportunity to work more directly with a faculty member in the development of an independent research project. In the project the student explores in greater detail an area of interest in the student’s chosen field of study.
The Practicum
Consistent with the University’s mission, Maryville’s Criminal Justice/Criminology program offers an exceptional opportunity involving meaningful community work. In consultation with their faculty advisor, students select a practicum site from a variety of social and protective service agencies in both the public and private sectors. Recent sites where students have completed their practicum include:
United States Probation Office Eastern District of Missouri
Federal Bureau of Investigations, Summer Internship Program, St. Louis Division
Family Court of St. Louis City and St. Louis County
St. Louis County Police Department
State of Missouri, Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole
Missouri Division of Youth Services
The City of Chesterfield Police Department
St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office: Victims of Crime Assistance Program

Flexible Scheduling
The Criminal Justice/Criminology program is offered during the day and through Maryville’s Weekend and Evening College, meeting the educational needs of working adults. As it has for more than two decades, Maryville’s Weekend and Evening College guarantees its students the same level and quantity of services that are provided to all other students.

These services include:
 Academic Advising
 Financial Aid assistance
 Access to computer labs and study rooms at all campus locations
 Internet access to library and bookstore services


As a social science major, Criminal Justice/Criminology students are prepared for career opportunities in the field of law enforcement, corrections, community service, and probation and parole services. Also, Criminal Justice/Criminology majors are prepared for future graduate work in areas such as sociology, psychology, political science, social work, law and Criminal Justice/Criminology. The fields of law enforcement and corrections are among the top 25 fastest growing occupational categories in the United States, according to projections by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department’s Occupational Outlook Handbook notes that possession of a college degree by potential recruits to the field of law enforcement is becoming more common. All federal and most state police agencies require a college degree.

Additional Career Options

Below are examples of career opportunities for students holding a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology:


Federal Level

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Central Intelligence Agency, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Marshall, Immigration and Naturalization Services


State Level

Missouri and Illinois State Highway Patrol, State Liquor Control Commission, Missouri Department of Natural Resources Park Services, Probation and Parole Services, Missouri and Illinois State Correctional Facilities, Juvenile Detention Facilities, Institutional Caseworker


Local Level

Municipal Peace Officer, Halfway Houses and Pre-Release Programs, Victims of Crime Assistance Program, Domestic Violence Agencies, Community Research and Planning, Legal Assistant


Below is a sampling of the places our graduates have ended up:

Ballwin Police Department

Missouri Department of Youth Services
Missouri Office of the Public Defender (45th Judicial Circuit)
Washington University School of Law
St. Charles Police Department

Federal Probation and Parole, Eastern District of Missouri

Missouri Probation and Parole
Substance Abuse Advisor, Potosi Correctional Facility
Graduate Program at Eastern Michigan University
Graduate Program at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Graduate Program at University of Missouri, St. Louis
Saint Louis University’s School of Law
Public safety Officer Maryville University


Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Criminology
Minor in Criminal Justice/Criminology


Criminology students are required to complete 37 credit hours of
coursework in their major. The 37 hours are broken down into 18 credits of core coursework in the major, 3 credits of research coursework, 7-13 credits of capstone/internship coursework and 7-13 credits of elective coursework relating to the major and chosen in consultation with an adviser.

General Education Requirements (51 Hours)

Criminal Justice/Criminology Major Requirements (18 credits)

CRIM 102

Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRIM 201

Police Management


 CRIM 210 Multicultural Policing

CRIM 220

Corrections in Society

CRIM 322

Criminological Theory

CRIM 311

Criminal Law and Procedures


 PSCI American Civil Liberties and Rights

CRIM 454

Gender and Crime


 CRIM Race, Ethnicity and Crime
Research Methods Requirement (3 credits)
CRIM 342 Research Methods


 LEGL 301 Legal Research and Writing I
Capstone/Internship Requirements (7-13 credits)
CRIM 480 Senior Seminar
CRIM 495 Practicum: Social Services and Action


St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy Training
Criminal Justice/Criminology Electives (3-9 credits)
CRIM 211 Introduction to Criminal Investigations
CRIM 244 Topics in Forensic Science
CRIM 321 Sociology of Deviance
CRIM 323 Juvenile Delinquency
CRIM 326 Understanding Violent Crime
CRIM 405 Domestic and International Terrorism
CRIM 297/497 Special Studies
LEGL 105 Legal Ethics, Interviewing and Investigation
PSCI 317 American Constitutional Law
PSCI 319 American Civil Liberties & Rights
PSYC 321 Abnormal Psychololgy

PSYC 328

Mental Illness and Society

SOC 381

Urban Sociology

SOC 382

Social Class in Society

Total Credit Hours Required to Graduate:
Minimum of 128 credit hours overall
60 credit hours taken at a four-year institution
Last 30 credit hours taken at Maryville University
One-half of major credits hours taken at Maryville University


Transfer students who have completed an associate’s degree or certification program at an accredited community college may request that their criminal justice/criminology coursework be accepted in transfer and applied toward the fulfillment of the major's requirement. Half of all the student's coursework in the major must be done at Maryville to graduate.

In fulfilling the requirements set out, students could choose, but are not required, to minor in any of the variety of disciplines offering minors at Maryville. A minor in criminology consists of the following requirements

Minor in Criminology
The minor in criminal justice/criminology requires a minimum of 18 credits from the above list of courses. Of the 18 required credit hous, 9 must completed in CRIM 102 Introduction Criminal Justice, CRIM 311 Criminal Law and Procedures, or PSCI 319 American Civil Liberties and Rights, and CRIM 322 Criminological Theory
Double Major
Students who wish to double major in criminal justice/criminology and another social sciences discipline may double count up to 12 credit hours. Thus, criminal justice/criminology majors can obtain a sociology major (ordinarily requiring 33 credits) by taking 24 additional credits in sociology

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