What will I learn?

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. 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. 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. All students in the major are exposed to excellent learning opportunities in preparation for a career beyond graduation.

Students who do not pursue police academy training are required to complete the student internship. This internship provides students with a significant hands-on learning experience tied to various areas of criminal justice operation and assists them in making valuable contacts for future employment.

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.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$26,070.00 per year

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Start date

24 August 2020

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

650 Maryville University Drive,

ST LOUIS,

Missouri,

63141, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have high school diploma; A high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

For international students

To be considered for admission, applicants should have:

  • A high school diploma with a minimum of 22 units of credit including four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social sciences (social studies) and three additional units in any of the above areas or in a foreign language.
  • A high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Freshman applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above, and GED/HiSet applicants (who are considered on a case-by-case basis) may be asked to submit additional material, come to Maryville for a personal interview, and/or complete additional testing before an admission decision is made.

Maryville University requires that students provide proof of English proficiency for study at the University. The following are acceptable means of providing proof of English proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 69 overall with no sub score lower than 15, or
  • IELTS: 6.0 with no sub score lower than 5, or
  • DET: 40, or
  • PTE ACADEMIC: 47, or
  • ELS Center: Level 112 completed with a 2.5 grade or better, or
  • U.S. University/College Study: English Composition 104 equivalent with a “C” grade or better. English for non-native speakers does not qualify, or
  • A Level: 1 “A” grade or better in English or 3 “B” grades or better in subjects other than Math.

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Maryville University is a highly-respected institution offering more than 90 degree programs to a diverse student body.

  • Ranked amongst America’s top colleges.
  • Prides itself on outstanding and innovative teaching.
  • Excellent graduate outcomes with 97% job placement rate.
  • Diverse student body of over 9,000 people.