Criminal Justice is the study of how criminal offenders are processed through the federal, state and local agencies that work in law enforcement, courts and corrections.
At Scranton, our mission is for students to learn about the criminal justice system through the context of social justice.
Why Criminal Justice is in Demand:
- Over the past two decades, criminal justice has been one of the leading growth areas of employment in the nation.
- There are approximately 245 police per 100,000 citizens.
- According to U.S. News & World Report, as of January 1, 2014, there were 317 million people living in the United States. The challenges our criminal justice practitioners face are increasingly complex and global. The need for degree-holding professionals in the criminal justice system will become even greater.
- The world will always need “men and women for others,” those who are willing to stand up for what they believe and make a difference in the lives of others.
Is it for me?
- Do you have an interest in federal, state or local law enforcement?
- Are you considering law school?
- Are you thinking about a career as a probation or parole officer?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Criminal Justice
“Faculty at Scranton have a genuine concern for each student and their personal, educational and spiritual development. It’s why we’re here.”
– Harry Dammer, Ph.D.
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Where Will Criminal Justice Take Me?
We’ll prepare you for a meaningful career in a wide range of occupations, including federal, state and local law enforcement, community and institutional corrections, or advanced study in law, criminology, and public administration.
At Scranton, you’ll gain an edge over other graduates due to our close proximity to the seat of county government. Our alumni hold prominent positions in the area, providing a valuable network for internships and post-graduation employment.
Here are some examples of occupations of recent graduates:
- Department of Defense investigator
- FBI analyst
- Federal agent
- Probation or parole or corrections officer
- Public prosecutor
- State trooper
Top Graduate Schools
Majoring in criminal justice provides an excellent foundation for many graduate programs, such as criminal justice, counseling, social work, sociology and law. Here are some of the leading graduate schools and law schools that have admitted recent graduates:
- Dickinson College
- Georgetown University
- New York Law School
- Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice
- Seton Hall University
- Saint Louis University
- Villanova University
- William and Mary University
Where will you work with a degree in criminal justice from Scranton? There’s any number of possibilities. Here are some of the organizations across the country employing recent graduates:
- Brooklyn Drug Treatment Court
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Federal Highway Administration
- Lackawanna County (PA) Probation
- New York City Police Department
- Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
- Pennsylvania State Police
- Sheriff’s Department of Los Angeles County
- U.S. Secret Service
- Capital Police (Washington, D.C.)
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
One of the many things students tell us they love about Scranton is that our faculty members are very active in helping them achieve their career goals. Faculty are visible and available across campus, and you’ll often see students chatting with faculty over coffee to discuss ideas.
Whether it’s advising or providing letters of references for a competitive graduate school or that dream job, faculty make it their priority to get to know each student on an individual level. That deep level of understanding means that our faculty members are not only dedicated teachers and strong researchers, but also advocates for your professional, personal and spiritual development.