Criminal Justice

Holy Family University is proud to offer students a highly supportive learning environment that values their personal and professional goals. Students in our Criminal Justice program thrive in our small, yet challenging learning environment. We believe in educating beyond the classroom for our criminology majors. Philadelphia provides opportunities for hands-on experience, which is a key component of your college education.

What Can You Do With This Major?
The Criminal Justice program prepares students for working in the various branches of the justice system, including law enforcement and police work; the courts and legal system; correction, probation, and parole; and service to offenders and their families. Our graduates are hired by local, state, and federal agencies. A Criminal Justice degree is also excellent preparation for law school.

Career Success
Many of our recent graduates have wonderful success stories.

Here are just a few of the positions they hold:
• Case Manager, Kintock Community Correction Unit
• Police Officer, U.S. Capital Police
• Security Officer, Lockheed Martin
• Deputy Clerk, U.S. District Court

Major Coursework
The Criminal Justice program at Holy Family University prepares you for careers in all areas of the field, from law enforcement and investigation to corrections, probation, and parole.

 Some of the classes you will take include:
• Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
• Nature of Crime and Delinquency
• Criminal Law
• Social Deviance
• Organized and Organizational Crime
• Juveniles and the Law

Real-World Experience
Criminal Justice students can gain real-world experience through Holy Family University’s nationally recognized
co-op and internship program.

Some of the agencies our students have worked with include:
• Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol & Firearms
• Environmental Protection Agency
• Federal Bureau of Investigation (Philadelphia Division)
• Drug Trafficking Area Program
• Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
• Philadelphia Police Headquarters: The Crime Scene Unit

Five-Year BA/MA Option
This option provides the opportunity for students to complete requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice over five years.

Undergraduates seeking admission to the dual degree program must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and are eligible to apply in the spring semester of the junior year.