Criminal Justice

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Program Description 

The bachelor of arts in criminal justice is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to the many aspects of the nation’s complex criminal justice system while giving them a strong background in the liberal arts. Through the examination of the empirical literature, coursework investigates causes and prevention of criminal behavior, as well as the meaning and application of the legal process, law enforcement, court management and correctional treatment. The program structure fosters a humanistic understanding of the study of crime and the criminal justice system. There is a strong focus on critical thinking, application, and critical analysis. The program curriculum is structured to facilitate entry into graduate programs in criminal justice and related social science fields, as well as being a practical and excellent preparation for law school. 

The mission of the Rockhurst University criminal justice program is to prepare and transform students into competent, effective, and compassionate criminal justice professionals, leaders, and scholars through rigorous academic pursuits in the highest Rockhurst University and Jesuit liberal arts tradition.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Identify the three primary components of the criminal justice system. 
  • Develop critical thinking skills.
  • Describe empirically supported correlates of criminal behavior.
  • Compare rationales for punishment.
  • Compare criminological theories. 
  • Create a valid research project. 

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Internships 
  • Capstone projects 
  • Instruction from faculty with experience in the field


Graduates of the criminal justice program go on to pursue careers in:

  • Law
  • Federal law enforcement
  • Local law enforcement
  • Research