As a criminal justice major at Trinity, you’ll learn both academic and real-world perspectives on crime: its causation, prevention, and control. As you gain full understanding of the criminal justice process, your coursework will cover a wide variety of interests within the criminal justice field, including delinquency, law enforcement, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal procedure, and corrections.

The Criminal Justice major prepares students for graduate school and a wide range of career opportunities in security and law enforcement, probation and parole, the court system, and corrections. Given the applied nature of criminal justice, experiential learning is an important part of the major. As such, all majors are required to complete an internship with a public or private organization that is involved in some aspect of criminal justice.

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Degree Level: Undergraduate
Degree Type: B.A.
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Offered as a Major: Yes
Offered as a Minor: Yes
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As a criminal justice major at Trinity, you’ll learn both academic and real-world perspectives on crime: its causation, prevention, and control. As you gain full understanding of the criminal justice process, your coursework will cover a wide variety of interests within the criminal justice field, including delinquency, law enforcement, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal procedure, and corrections.

The Criminal Justice major prepares students for graduate school and a wide range of career opportunities in security and law enforcement, probation and parole, the court system, and corrections. Given the applied nature of criminal justice, experiential learning is an important part of the major. As such, all majors are required to complete an internship with a public or private organization that is involved in some aspect of criminal justice.

Affordable Tuition

The affordable tuition for the Criminal Justice (Weekday) degree program in CAS is $590 per credit hour.

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Learn both academic and real-world perspectives on crime: its causation, prevention, and control -- while pursuing a rewarding career in the criminal justice system.

Learn In Demand Skills

  • Learn the history of the criminal justice system
  • Focus on theories of crime and deviance
  • Peruse the origin and development of criminal law
  • Familiarize yourself with the functions and operations of criminal justice agencies in a diverse society
  • Study the violations of criminal law and society’s responses to the violations of criminal law
  • Master the nature, meaning, and purposes of criminal punishment
  • Understand the nature and impact of criminal justice policy

Gain Experience: Recent Internships

Trinity is an official university partner with the U.S. Marshals Service in their Centralized Student Career Experience Program, which allows students to participate in paid internships with the agency while in college and, if successful, to convert to full-time positions as Deputy U.S. Marshals. Our students have also interned at the U.S. District Court, the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, the Campaign for Youth Justice and various police departments throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

Prepare for Success: Potential Careers

  • Special Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Private Detective
  • Social Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Caseworker
  • Counselor
  • Court Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Criminologist

Featured Criminal Justice (Weekday) Courses

CJUS 101 Criminal Law
CJUS 206 Juvenile Justice
CJUS 303 Inequality, Discrimination, and Gender in Criminal Justice
CJUS 307 Criminal Procedures
CJUS 309 Evidence
CJUS 366 Criminal Investigations
CJUS 410 Theories of Crime and Deviance

I feel that Trinity is very organized, helpful and will make sure you get your money’s worth in knowledge and resources.
Lamia Jackson ’19 Criminal Justice

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