Accelerated Degree Programs

Criminal Justice

Where will your degree in Criminal Justice take you?

Your degree in Criminal Justice from Albertus Magnus College can open up a world of opportunities. Whether you are just starting out or are currently working in the field and want to move to the next level in your career, Albertus can help you reach your goals.

A Fast Growing Job Market

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that through 2016 some of the fastest-growing careers are in the criminal justice field, and many law enforcement agencies have increased their academic requirements for jobs and career growth. Where will your degree in Criminal Justice take you? Law enforcement, private detective, FBI agent, lawyer, secret service, parole, probation, personal security, U.S. customs agent — the choice is yours.

Why Albertus?

Michael Geary - Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program

Your study of criminal justice at Albertus Magnus College builds on our strengths in psychology and sociology and takes place within the humanities-oriented context of our liberal arts curriculum. As you review cases from the United States Supreme Court, you’ll learn sociological theories of crime causation and develop your abilities in critical reading, writing and ethical reasoning.

To prepare for careers in social services and criminal justice that directly support police and government law enforcement efforts, you’ll explore the basis for your own beliefs, read and analyze facts and circumstances of a variety of cases, and gain appreciation for the multiple perspectives at play in every situation.

By understanding the relationship of gender, class structure, race and ethnicity to the criminal justice system in the United States, you’ll develop a more person-centered view of crime and law enforcement. As you acquire counseling skills and awareness of individuals’ behavior within families and societal groups, you will be able to take on leadership roles in your profession and community that demonstrate respectful and effective interactions with all citizens.

Currently pursuing his doctoral degree, Trooper First Class James Scott of the Connecticut State Police is a 2007 graduate of Albertus Magnus College and an instructor in our Criminal Justice Program.

In Albertus’ small classes, you benefit from the personal attention of our professional faculty who are dedicated to your success and may serve as your pre-law advisor. They are also excited about our active, experiential approach to learning. As your class unfolds, you may find yourself taking on the role of a person in the case under review, acting out the situation, discussing different philosophies and viewpoints, and interacting with your peers to fully explore the practical effects of court rulings on law enforcement and the legal system.

As you grow in your ability to read, reason and write at a deeper level, you’ll learn to demonstrate the multi-step thought process involved in addressing the tough issues faced by criminal justice professionals. You’ll also discover the value of keeping an open mind, being inquisitive and maintaining a willingness to explore different perspectives.

Majoring in criminal justice at Albertus is an excellent preparation for law school or graduate programs in social work, criminal justice or public administration.

Experts in the Field and in the Classroom

Each year, Albertus hosts a Criminal Justice Camp for rising high school juniors and seniors. At this daylong event, experts from the field – many of whom are Albertus graduates or instructors – provide insight on criminal justice tools and techniques used by professionals in their work.