Criminal Justice

About Criminal Justice at Holy Family University

The criminal justice program is a popular program at Holy Family University and provides students with an academic foundation in criminal justice, as well as practical training within the field. Students in our Criminal Justice program thrive in our personal yet challenging learning environment.” According to USA Today, Criminal Justice ranks within the top 10 popular majors among college students.

Holy Family University offers a Bachelor’s degree program and a Master’s degree Program. Additionally, we offer a 4+1 degree program—interested students can spend an extra year at Holy Family and begin to earn their masters degree, while finishing their bachelor’s degree requirements. This is the smoothest and most cost effective way to earn your graduate degree.

Obtaining a Job Within Criminal Justice

The criminal justice field is full of potential opportunities for employment and advancement within the field. In Philadelphia and surrounding areas alone there are several opportunities for work. Several students have interned in these agencies or positions:

  • Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility
  • Philadelphia Police Department
  • Philadelphia State Police
  • Philadelphia Sheriff's Office
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • FEMA – Emergency Management
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Field Investigator – Fraud
  • Loss Prevention and Security
  • Case Managers
  • Juvenile Court Officers
  • Deputy Clerks for U.S. District Court

Course Curriculum

If you decide to attend Holy Family University, professors who have field knowledge and academic knowledge will teach your courses. Moreover, Holy Family’s full-time professors earned their PhDs from criminal justice schools that are nationally renowned. Coursework at Holy Family University is varied. Students are required to complete general education requirements and major requirements, as well as an internship in criminal justice. The internship helps provide students with some basic field experience before they enter the field. As a criminal justice major, your major coursework will include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Probation and Parole
  • The Court System and Procedures
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Race, Class, and Gender
  • Social Deviance
  • Internship
  • Junior Seminar
  • Senior Seminar (Capstone)

Students are also required to take electives in criminal justice! Some of the elective courses include:

  • Organized and White Collar Crime
  • Juveniles and Crime
  • Introduction to Criminalistics
  • Victimology
  • Comparative Criminal Justice

Who to Contact

If you have questions about the program, please contact:

David Whelan - Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
(267) 341-3416